Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Lovren says Real Madrid should fear Liverpool

Lovren says Real Madrid should fear Liverpool

Klopp's side emerged victorious from a goal-packed Champions League semi-final, winning 7-6 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 4-2 in Rome on Wednesday. They took all the risks and we punished it with the counter-attack but then we gave away a goal. "Of course you are always a bit surprised but I know his ability, his potential and I knew he would be good for Liverpool".

English referee Michael Oliver called the penalty in the third and final minute of stoppage time, leading to Cristiano Ronaldo's goal that meant Real Madrid advanced 4-3 on aggregate.

"You must be good to deserve it, but at the same time you must be lucky".

Interestingly, the Liverpool trio scored more goals than Paris Saint-Germain (27) and semi-finalists Bayern Munich (26) and AS Roma (21).

Those decisions prompted Roma's American owner, James Pallotta, to say VAR must be introduced in the Champions League.

The well-wishing came hours after Roma were eliminated by Salah's Liverpool. His goal in the first leg was clinically taken, as he chested the ball down and fired home, while his finish in the Rome return was equally as impressive.

One of several players to have caught the eye during Liverpool's run has been left-back Andy Robertson, who could become the first Scot since Paul Lambert to play in a Champions League final.

It was a dramatic finale for Eusebio di Francesco's side but it was too little too late as they failed to reach their first final since 1984 but earned a standing ovation from the 62,000 crowd.

A point at Chelsea on Sunday would effectively ensure qualification next season due to Liverpool's superior goal difference.

"I see no trophies after these games".

"I'm angry and disappointed because we had to believe more".

"We battle and challenge with the best football clubs in the world". I think pretty much 80 percent of the team played all these finals - four times in the last five years - and they are still together.

"That's why it's (the Champions League final) such an intriguing game".

Liverpool could bank up to £69million if they beat Real Madrid in Kiev later this month, but the kudos of being in Europe's elite competition is likely to be of more value when it comes to recruiting new players.

The Costa Rican may have been at fault for the opening goal of the tie, as he allowed Joshua Kimmich to score from the tightest of angles, but without him, Real Madrid wouldn't be in the final.

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