Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is putting together a team. He’s calling it...the revengers. Because he’s getting revenge.
Specifically he’s looking for revenge against Liverpool, which is probably fair considering the events of the last year.
First, the Reds secure the signature of Mohamed Salah for £37 million, which seems like the bargain of the summer in retrospect. If you hadn’t heard, the Egyptian had quite a good campaign last year, scoring 44 goals in all competitions.
Then, Liverpool knock Roma out of the Champions League in an epic 7-6 aggregate two-legged affair, which saw their old protégé Mo Salah fire two past them in the opening leg.
And now the latest insult, Francesco’s Merseyside counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, recruiting his prized goalkeeper Alisson away from the Italian capital (plus a world-record fee).
Well, EDF has had enough.
“We hope to meet him in the Champions League and beat him, like I told him today when he came to say goodbye,” Francesco said in an interview, reacting to the Alisson deal.
I certainly didn’t order this Italian dish with extra salt, but it sure came with it anyway. Regardless, I appreciate the sentiment. Were the situation reversed (and it certainly has been recently, looking at you Barcelona), we’d feel the exact same way.
Hopefully we can avoid giving Roma the sweet revenge they desperately crave.