Liverpool were lucky, says relieved Klopp

Liverpool were lucky, says relieved Klopp

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp admitted they needed luck to get past AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday (May 3) after old defensive issues reared their head.

Liverpool came into the match at the Stadio Olimpico with a 5-2 first-leg advantage after they tore Roma apart at Anfield last week.

They twice took the lead on the night in Rome yet they could not kill off the Italians and ended up losing 4-2 to squeeze into the final against Real Madrid with a 7-6 aggregate victory.

The hosts missed a string of second-half chances as Liverpool sat back and invited pressure onto themselves.

Liverpool have looked vulnerable at the back at times this season in the Premier League, losing composure under pressure and dropping points in games they should have won comfortably.

It has not affected them in the Champions League, however, a competition in which they had been unbeaten this season until Wednesday.

AS Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco paid tribute to the spirit of his team after the 4-2 win.

Roma defeated Barcelona 3-0 at home to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit in the quarter-finals but two late goals by Radja Nainggolan were not enough to cap another successful comeback.

Di Francesco rued what he felt were officiating errors, saying VAR (Video Assisted Replays) technology would certainly have benefited them in the game.

Liverpool will play Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26 as the Spanish side bid to win the Champions League for the third year in a row.

Reuters