Liverpool are in a great position to reach the Champions League final after Tuesday’s 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals. Roma now need a miracle another miracle at the Stadio Olimpico to prevent that from happening. Roma managed score 2 away goals late in the game at Anfield after the substitution of star player Mohamed Salah scored by Dzeko and Perotti, but it is hard not to imagine the Reds, who have scored 44 goals in Europe this season, finding the net at least once next Wednesday in Rome. With a top three that have been deemed the best in Europe this season, Mane – Firmino – Salah will look to continue their goal scoring record and reach the final. When Liverpool arrives in Italy next week, they will need a place to train before the return fixture and they have received a helping hand from a familiar name.
According to Sky in Italy, Lazio have given Liverpool permission to use their training ground before and after the match, after Lucas Leiva was interviewed on the subject: Leiva, who spent 10 seasons at Anfield, reportedly stepped in to ensure an agreement between the two clubs could be reached. Liverpool fans, who grew to love the Brazilian during his time on Merseyside, are now expressing their admiration for the 31-year-old once again. It comes just days after Leiva admitted that he would like to join the away end at the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg in Rome.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will now take part in a light training session at Formello, Lazio’s base, before Wednesday’s match and another cool down session on Thursday, and Leiva hopes to be at the game to see if his former team can reach their first Champions League final since 2007: “I’m hoping I can go to the Liverpool end and watch the game – and maybe take some of my friends and my son,” Leiva told Liverpool’s website this week. We still follow Liverpool a lot, we watch every game and I hope they can get to the final.”