Italian side Roma say they won’t be giving any special treatment to in-form Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s men are third in Serie A – 18 points adrift of league leaders Juventus – after their impressive 3-0 win at SPAL at the weekend, and are in confident mood after coming back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona on away goals in the quarter-finals.
Roma rested key players such as Aleksandar Kolarov, Alessandro Florenzi, Edin Dzeko and Daniel De Rossi at the weekend, but have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Much has been made of the attention they’ll be giving their former star, Salah, who left the Italian capital club for Liverpool last summer.
Salah has scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for Juergen Klopp’s Reds this season, and was voted PFA Player of the Year by his peers on Sunday.
Liverpool have won the European Cup/Champions League five times and famously beat Roma on penalties in Rome in the 1984 final.
That’s Roma’s only appearance in the final, while Liverpool are targeting their first final in the competition since 2007 when they lost to AC Milan.