Liverpool hero Riise excited with Roma draw: I'm so freaking happy

Salah is here to stay vows Klopp

Liverpool hero John Arne Riise insists he's happy with their Champions League semifinal draw against Roma.

The second legs are to take place on May 1-2 respectively.

Defending champions Real Madrid's second-leg encounter with last year's runners-up Juventus ended with a hotly contested penalty and the subsequent sending off of Ganluigi Buffon, the legendary Italian goalkeeper who perhaps did not imagine such an end to what was likely to be his last game in Europe's top competition.

The pair clashed at the semi-finals stage in 2014 when the Spanish club won 5-0 on aggregate. They also met last season in the last eight when Real triumphed 6-3 on aggregate.

"I have to say, it's a cracking tie".

With European heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also in the draw, most Liverpool fans were hoping for Roma.

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"But when you arrive at this stage, there's not much difference between all the teams". We really want to be there. "It's been a tough Champions League thus far drawing Paris (St Germain), Juve and now Bayern".

This is a repeat of the 1984 European Cup final, when Liverpool defeated Roma on penalties in a game played at the Stadio Olimpico.

"Liverpool have made a statement like we did", said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi, who scored in the surprising 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) to overturn a 4-1 first-leg loss.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was at pains to play down any suggestion that the Serie A outfit was the easier draw for his side, who demolished Premier League leaders Manchester City to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years.

"If we rewind to the tie against City I went out on a limb and said whoever wins that will be favourite to lift the trophy, irrespective of other results and I stand by that now", said Le Saux. "If anybody think this is the easiest draw then I can not help this person; they obviously didn't see both games against Barcelona".

"But it was not that I thought "Thank God not Bayern, thank God not Real Madrid, yippee Roma" or the other way around". Liverpool won that match in the Italian club's Olympic Stadium home.

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