Liverpool have booked their place in the final of the Champions League for the first time in 11 years despite falling to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Roma in the second leg of their semi-final at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.
Jurgen Klopp ‘s side took a commanding 5-2 lead to the Italian capital from the first leg, but they were forced to hold off some heavy Roma pressure in the second half to eventually go through 7-6 on aggregate in a record-breaking semi-final.
It looked like being a straightforward passage through to the showpiece after Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead after just nine minutes, but a freak own goal from James Milner restored parity on the night just six minutes later.
Georginio Wijnaldum ‘s header sent Liverpool into half time ahead, but Roma refused to give up hope and launched a second-half fightback which saw Edin Dzeko pull one back early and the hosts go on to create a string of chances.
Radja Nainggolan scored twice in the final five minutes to take the match right down to the wire, but his second goal – a controversial penalty – proved to be the last action of the game as Liverpool held on to book their place in the final for the first time since 2007.
The Reds will now take on two-time defending champions Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26 looking to lift the trophy for a sixth time, and a first since the memorable final of 2005.