5 Roma players who could cause Liverpool problems in the Champions League semi-finals
Following the UEFA Champions League semi-final draw, a lot has been said on the emphasis of Liverpool and Roma battling it out on Europe’s forefront. “We’re already into the final,” some fans posted on Twitter after the draw was made in Nyon a couple of weeks ago.
Yes, fans may be relieved at the fact the Reds didn’t draw one of the European powerhouses in Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but supporters should not underestimate the Italian giants, even though they do not have the same successes as the Galacticos and the Bavarians.
There is no doubt the famous victory over Barcelona will only spur on Eusebio Di Francesco's side ahead of the tie against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, but it is important that both the fans and the players do not get overconfident ahead of the tie.
Roma pose a good blend of youth and experience, which some would say will benefit them. This is a side that has beaten Atletico Madrid and Chelsea in the group stages and knocked out Barcelona in the quarterfinals – you don’t get to this stage without beating some of the best.
Here are five players Liverpool should watch out for.
#5 Cengiz Under (Forward)
A replacement for Mohamed Salah, the Turkish youngster joined Roma from Istanbul Basaksehir last summer. He has failed to hit the ground at present since joining the club, but comes off the bench and is becoming an impact player, hence his seven goals all campaign.
He has great potential, and at 20 has plenty of time to develop and become an important member of Eusebio Di Francesco’s team going forward. He could be a dangerous card in Roma's pack coming off the bench against the Reds.
Scoring in Roma’s first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk and providing the assist for Kostas Manolas’ equalizer against Barcelona, he has played a bit part but vital role in his side's progression to the semi-finals.
Quick and very skillful, he can play central, but mostly operates on the right-wing to cut onto his lethal left foot, similar to Salah.