Roma will be holding out hope of a second miracle comeback in the Champions League but after dumping Barcelona out in a wild second leg at the Stadio Olimpico last round it won’t be so easy to do it again against a Liverpool side expecting a response.
So says Liverpool left back Andy Robertson, who insists that Liverpool will be ready for Roma to come at them hard next Wednesday—and pointed to their own success in the last round against Manchester City as proof that when the time comes they’ll be ready for it.
“They were 4-1 down from the first leg and everyone was saying it was just a standard game for Barcelona to go through,” he noted, “but they put on an unbelievable performance at their place to put three goals past one of the best, if not the best, teams in Europe.
“To score four goals against Barcelona over two legs is fantastic. But we also know what we did in our tie. We got the better of Manchester City by beating them twice, so hopefully we can stand up to their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.”
Roma will be tough at home, and they’ve consistently managed to get the results they need this season in Europe even when they look out of it—not just against Barcelona but edging Shakhtar on away goals in the Round of 16 and even back in the groups.
Yet for all the confidence those past results will give them, not even Barcelona have the attacking firepower this season’s Liverpool side does. This Liverpool side won’t make the mistake they did setting up to see out their first leg advantage, either.
This Liverpool side will push back in attack, looking to exploit the space behind on the counter as Roma commit forward knowing they will need at least three goals to have a chance of advancing. And so Roma will believe—but so too will the Reds.
“We’ve scored a lot of goals away from home in Europe this season,” Robertson added. “We drew in Sevilla but we still scored three goals there. We scored another five in Porto and seven in Maribor, so we can take a lot of confidence from that.”