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Summary

  1. Liverpool v Roma, Champions League semi-final (Tues, 19:45 BST)
  2. Reds chasing a first Champions League final since 2007
  3. Get involved: #bbcfootball or text on 81111

Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe and Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for joining us

    Thanks for joining us this afternoon.

    If you've not had your football fix join us for Everton v Newcastle this evening here.

  2. 'Fantastic player and leader'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Daniele de Rossi

    Since the retirement of Francesco Totti, last summer, Daniele de Rossi has assumed the role of Roma's talisman and captain.

    The former Italy midfielder scored and played a pivotal role in the quarter-final victory over Barcelona on away goals and Jordan Henderson, recognises the qualities of his opposite number.

    "He's a fantastic player and a fantastic leader and he has been for many years.

    "He's a very experienced player who is used to this sort of game and size of the game but yes I feel we’ve got experience in the team as well and we’re ready to go and challenge and it's one we look forward to taking on."

  3. 'It's what you dream about'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Henderson says a Champions League semi-final at Anfield is what he has dreamed about, but he will not let the occasion effect his performance.

    He said: "Playing in a semi-final of the Champions League is a huge occasion for all of the players. It's what you dream about."

    "It will be a huge night but the focus is on what's important and that is doing the job to the best of your ability. When you look back you want to look back for the right reasons and make sure you have done your job for the team and got the right result."

  4. 'The performance will have to match the atmosphere'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Liverpool fans at Anfield

    Jordan Henderson says Liverpool's performance will have to match the atmosphere inside Anfield if they are to take the advantage in the first leg.

    "The atmosphere at Anfield is unbelievable and it really lifts us on the big occasions but the performance on the pitch needs to match it.

    "It will be the same for them in Rome and I'm sure it will be a tough place to go."

  5. 'They'll ask different questions to Man City'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Edin Dzeko in action for Roma

    So what does Jordan Henderson think about the challenge of Roma, who knocked Barcelona out in the quarter-finals?

    "It's a different team, manager and way of playing. They’ll ask different questions to Manchester City," says Henderson

    "We have played a lot of good sides in Europe this season and we have answered the questions that have been thrown at us.

    "We have got a little bit of work to do today and in the morning to fine tune our preparation but we just need to carry on doing what we are. Playing at that high intensity and creating and scoring goals."

  6. 'He is up there with the best in the world'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Mohamed Salah

    Asked whether Mo Salah can be a Liverpool legend, Jordan Henderson said: "He is a fantastic player and he's up there with the best in the world.

    "Some of the best clubs in the world want to take him away but he's in a great place with a great team and manager, going in our own direction and we want to create our own history.

    "I'm sure he’ll be a part of that for many years to come."

  7. Jordan Henderson incoming...

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has now taken the floor to answer questions ahead of tomorrow's first leg...

    Jordan Henderson
  8. 'Two excited teams'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    So what does Jurgen Klopp think of Roma? Well he actually quite likes watching them.

    "I saw a few Roma games and I know Edin Dzeko from Germany and I like watching him to be honest," he said.

    "Nobody thought after the first result that they can have the kind of comeback against Barcelona because it's not usually possible.

    "They can make seven or eight changes for their last league game and look comfortable and win which is a big advantage. But then being at Anfield is an advantage to us as well.

    "They have a full squad available. they have different options offensively, a strong defence, the wingers or wing-backs are strong, it all looks settled, fit and experienced.

    "Obviously for Roma It’s a semi-final which is a big thing for them like us, they not used to it like us and you will see two excited teams and that's good for football."

  9. 'Anfield can create one of the best atmospheres in world football'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Anfield

    Jurgen Klopp says the people of Liverpool are more experienced in these situations than his staff and players, and is confident they will generate a brilliant atmosphere at Anfield.

    "I don't have to tell the people of Liverpool what I want to see in the stadium because they know it already," he said.

    "They are more experienced than we are in these situations. Anfield can create one of the best atmospheres in world football. I'm not sure it can be better than the game against Man City but let's try.

    "These are special moments and if you can't enjoy it then there is a problem. I don't have to say anything I know the fans will be perfect."

  10. 'People expected this semi-final to be Barcelona v Man City'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Jurgen Klopp and James Milner

    Jurgen Klopp has played down Liverpool's underdog tag in the Champions League. The Reds remain behind Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the betting but that does not bother the German.

    "A lot of people expected this semi-final to be Barcelona v Man City but it's not because it's football. I came up the stairs at Man City and someone told me Roma won 3-0 and I said it is not possible because they are playing Barcelona, but I love this game because of it.

    "Maybe Liverpool and Roma's situation is similar in our domestic leagues because we have big competitors, but first and foremost we have to enjoy our own football. A lot of teams can win the title but it's our job to show the best we can, even if it's not enough to win the league, we have to show it.

    "Now we both have the chance to go to the final and that's all I need. I like the way Rome have done it - they lost Mo Salah and Emerson like we lost Philippe Coutinho but we continued believing in ourselves. They have all my respect, and who cares if we are the underdogs in this Champions League."

  11. 'We both wear glasses'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Jurgen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco

    The Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has some interesting observations when asked about comparisons between him and his opposite number at Roma, Eusebio Di Francesco and about the chances of him working in Italy.

    "We both wear glasses, we are bad shavers," he says.

    "We’ve gone in similar way to the big clubs, he started with smaller clubs and had some success, like we did.

    "He loves football and that is obvious. He has a football playing side so maybe there are a few similarities but that doesn’t make it easier for him or me.

    "I don’t think it makes sense for an Italian club to work with me because I can only order Spaghetti in a restaurant.

    "We will see what happens but not in the next four years for sure."

  12. 'They are not his teammates anymore'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Mohamed Salah is set to face his former club when Liverpool face Roma tomorrow evening, but Klopp says his player will realise very quickly that they are not teammates anymore.

    Klopp said: "It is normal in football for players and managers to change clubs and play against their old colleagues. I had it against Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

    "It's a normal game but it feels quite special because you are more interested in the other team than you usually are. He became the player he is today thanks to Roma and credit must go to their players and staff for his development.

    "Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games so I think Mo (Salah) will know pretty soon that they are not his teammates anymore and then he can strike back in football terms."

  13. 'Please show respect'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Next up is a question about the atmosphere in and outside Anfield after the Manchester City team bus was attacked on its way to Anfield before the quarter-final tie earlier this month.

    "In the stadium do it again and better," Klopp said.

    "Outside the stadium please show the respect we have to show. This is an outstanding Football Club known for its fantastic atmosphere, so we don't need to throw things at the bus.

    "Please show the respect that they deserve. We are only opponents on the pitch. Everyone knows what a wonderful place Rome is and not all people know how wonderful Liverpool is and we can show that in twenty minutes."

  14. 'Fantastic achievement'

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    The Liverpool manager starts by fielding a question about Mohamed Salah who was crowned the PFA Player of the Year last night. Here's what he said:

    "I'm really happy for Mo Salah winning the PFA Player of the Year and he can be proud of this fantastic achievement," said Klopp.

    "To win it when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he did, is even more special. The players know how difficult it is to score that many goals and be involved in that many goals so I think it's deserved."

  15. Here comes Klopp

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    The Liverpool manager is in the room and taking questions.

  16. The story of the last round

    Liverpool v Roma (Tuesday 24 April, 19:45 BST)

    Firmino scores the winner against Man City

    Liverpool booked their place in the semi-final after overcoming Premier League champions Manchester City in the last-eight.

    After establishing a 3-0 lead in the first leg at Anfield, the Reds completed victory over their English counterparts with a 2-1 win at the Etihad.

    Roma now stand between Jurgen Klopp's men and a first appearance in a Champions League final since they suffered defeat against AC Milan in 2007.

  17. Palace welcome new Royal baby

    While we wait for Jurgen Klopp to arrive, Crystal Palace have been on social media to welcome the new royal baby after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy earlier.

    Crystal Palace Twitter
  18. Waiting for Jurgen...

    Jurgen Klopp at a press conference

    Welcome back.

    We are waiting for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to share his thoughts ahead of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final with AS Roma on Tuesday evening.

    The German is expected to join us at 14:30 BST - stay with us as we bring you full coverage of his press conference.

  19. That's all for now

    That's all from us for the moment. But we will be back later when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addresses the media around 14:30 BST, ahead of his team's Champions League semi-final against Roma tomorrow (19:45 BST).

    See you then.

  20. Van Persie still strutting his stuff

    Robin van Persie remember him? Well the former Arsenal and Manchester United forward may be 34 now but he showed that his finishing skills have not deteriorated with age, scoring with a chip as Feyenoord beat AZ Alkmaar 3-0 to win the Dutch Cup final for a 13th time.

    The Dutch forward is not far off an average of a goal in every two games. Not bad for a 17-year senior career that started in Rotterdam with Feyenoord in 2001.

    Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring for Feyenoord against AZ Alkmaar