With Liverpool into the semi-finals of the Champions League, even the players are starting to dream. Maybe just a little. But between now and a potential final appearance in Kiev, there’s still plenty of work to do. Work in the league, and work in Europe.
“I think you dream about those things from when you are a kid really,” said Jordan Henderson, speaking at today’s 2018-19 home kit launch, when asked about the possibility of winning the Champions League now that the Reds are one of the final four teams.
“Of course I have, as many other players have, but one step at a time. Roma are a fantastic team and it will be a tough test. We certainly won’t under-estimate them—they beat Barcelona 3-0 and they’re a top team. It will be difficult both home and away.”
Away in particular one expects will indeed be difficult given it’s at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico that Liverpool’s Serie A opponents beat Barcelona. Liverpool have done enough so far to rightly feel like if they play their game they can advance from this tie.
And before that away trip to Roma there’s the matter of the first leg, set for Anfield next Tuesday following a league outing against West Bromwich Albion—dead last in the league but coming off an invigorating upset of Manchester United last week.
“I’ve watched [Roma] a few times and they have got some very good players,” Henderson added. “It will be a tough test as it always would be in the semi-final. They are all good teams at this stage so it doesn’t really matter who you play.
“It is a challenge for us and we’ll be confident with the way we have been playing, especially in the last round. We have to go there and do what we have been doing and hopefully get to the final.”