The Champions League semifinals officially begin on Tuesday, as red-hot Liverpool hosts Roma in the first leg at Anfield. Both surprise semifinalists, one can nearly book its ticket to the final with a dominant display.
Here’s how you can watch the match, what’s on the line and our prediction:
How to watch
When: Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. ET
TV: FS1 (BT Sport 2 in UK; PremierSport HD and Canale 5 in Italy)
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
What’s at stake?
An advantage heading into the second leg of the semifinal next Wednesday. For Liverpool, the goal is for a victory without conceding. They’ll be happy with a 2-0 win, while a 1-0 win with leave them feeling a bit nervous going into the second leg. For Roma, a win would obviously be perfect, but a draw with goals will leave them thrilled. Even losing 2-1 or 3-2 would still give them momentum entering the second leg.
Liverpool earns a 2-0 victory with Mohamed Salah scoring against his former club, as Jurgen Klopp’s team puts one foot into the final.
This is Liverpool’s first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp’s last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match.
Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp’s teams shine.
We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp’s imprecations, armoured glass won’t be required tonight. Uefa’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool’s punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.