Thursday 16 August 2018

We should be underdogs - Henderson

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters

Mark Critchley

Jordan Henderson believes that Liverpool should be considered as underdogs in their Champions League semi-final against Roma, despite knocking out Manchester City in the previous round.

Jurgen Klopp's side return to European action at Anfield tonight knowing they will contest next month's final if they can overcome their Italian visitors over the course of two legs.

Liverpool upset the odds in the last round to eliminate City - the newly-crowned Premier League champions - and are well-fancied to face Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the Kiev showpiece on May 26.

Roma, however, produced one of the competition's most remarkable comebacks to eliminate Barcelona in the last round and Henderson believes that achievement should make the visitors favourites.

"I still see us as going into this game as the underdog with them going and beating Barcelona, who were probably favourites before the last round," the Liverpool captain said yesterday.

"(Beating City) was just us going out and doing what we are capable of doing.

"We need to keep doing that, we need to do that again, and again, and again.

"We are always going to come up with challenges.

"This is a huge challenge, a huge test for us because Roma are a fantastic side with fantastic players as they've shown throughout the Champions League this season.

"We've just got to keep doing what we've been doing in the Champions League this season, keep improving because we can still be better.

"Tomorrow will have to be the perfect performance to get a good result." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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