UCL Semi Final: Salah ready to face former club, Roma

Birthday boy Sadio Mane will be hoping he can celebrate his special day in style

Birthday boy Sadio Mane will be hoping he can celebrate his special day in style

Liverpool have been drawn against Roma in the Champions League semi-finals and Mohamed Salah revealed his former team-mates wanted to avoid his side.

"There's something very special about playing for Liverpool", Salah said.

Although Liverpool have their Champions League semi final awaiting in two weeks time, Klopp has insisted the focus must remain on one game at a time, with Bournemouth first up, and credited the ever growing relationship with the club's supporters.

Salah's goal against Bournemouth also made him just the third different Liverpool player to scored 40+ goals in all competitions in a single season.

"It's my old club".

"Yeah, he [Salah] told me he's going to claim all of them!"

The 25-year-old Egypt global has been one of European football's most impressive players this season following his move to Merseyside from AS Roma in the summer transfer window last year. That's really good but we have to carry on, there are a few games to come. It was only 1-0 at half-time but we created a lot of chances and good situations.

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Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, are seeking to build on the existing squad, which means it is inconceivable Salah could follow Philippe Coutinho to La Liga or anywhere else before next season, regardless of the extraordinary fees that dominated the last transfer window. You show it and the boys listen, they see that but in the game it is hard to change. If somebody only saw these two games then you know already pretty much everything about Roma.

Rewind to last season and all those cutting phrases which forever seemed to be hurled in Liverpool's direction came to the fore following the collapse from a position of strength on the south coast in December 2016.

The first legs will be played on 24/25 April, with the second legs on 1/2 May.

Roma will need to keep Salah quiet to have any hope of progressing to the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.

"Thirty-one years ago since Ian Rush scored over 40 goals?"

The German has often been reluctant to draw upon comparisons with the Reds' illustrious history having urged his side to forge their own era of success, but he is set to make an exception for the meeting with the Italian outfit.

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