Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner

Reds in party mode after Champions League win

LIVERPOOL are in party mode after setting up a mouth watering Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.

The Reds celebrated with fans at the Stadio Olimpico after knocking out Roma 7-6 on aggregate.

After the game, midfielder James Milner was asked how he plans to celebrate his side's massive victory - and he responded in typically hilarious fashion.

"You know me, I might stretch myself out with some Ribena or something."

"We should have controlled the game ­better, perhaps, but no one said getting to the Champions League final was going to be easy.

"Tonight was all about getting the job done and we did that."

The Reds will face Real on May 27 AEST in Kiev for the trophy.

Jurgen Klopp was grateful for having reached the final.

 

Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (C) celebrates
Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (C) celebrates

 

"Dream final? I think people in Munich and Rome might disagree with that!" the German boss said.

"It was a little bit more exciting than I would have liked but now it is over feel fine. 7-6? Unbelievable!

"It was the first semi-final for the players so it must be expected that they would be a bit nervous.

"I am well aware I have lost my last five finals and I will no doubt be reminded of that every day until the final no doubt, but in order to win a final you first have to get there, and that is what we have done."

The Reds celebrated after the game and unveiled a banner in dedication to fan Sean Cox, who remains in an induced coma after being attacked by Roma fans before the first leg at Anfield.

Fans celebrate
Fans celebrate

Meanwhile, Roma took to social media, gracious in defeat to pay tribute to their former player and current Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

"It hurts so much that #ASRoma's incredible dream of going all the way to Kiev is over but you'll be there in your new colours. Good luck in the #UCL final @MoSalah," the club's official account posted on Twitter.

After the game, Roma sporting director Monchi bemoaned the lack of VAR in the competition as Roma were denied two clear penalties in their 4-2 win.

"There were two clear penalties not given, and a red card. The time has come for Italian football to raise its voice. Well done to Liverpool of course, but these things need to be reviewed. I do not understand why VAR is not used in the most important club competition there is," Monchi said.



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