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Liverpool fans are furious with Roma ahead of their Champions League semi-final

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Liverpool are still on cloud nine following their thumping 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City in the Champions League last week.

The Reds were, unsurprisingly, not well-fancied to progress against now-Premier League champions City, but they blew all of those who predicted them to falter out of the water.

Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane put Jurgen Klopp's men 3-0 up inside the opening half an hour at Anfield, and once they stopped the Citizens scored at Anfield it was all-but tie over.

They then backed that up by winning 2-1 in the second leg at the Etihad, with Salah again on the scoresheet, before Roberto Firmino scored the winner to send the travelling Reds into raptures.

In fairness, Liverpool did ride their luck across the 180 minutes, with Salah's opener at home shown to be offside, while City had two onside goals incorrectly ruled out for offside.

However, you need good fortune to win major trophies like the Champions League, though the Reds were by far the better team over both games anyway.

But that streak of luck will inspire Liverpool fans even more that they could be about to add their sixth European Cup.

And that belief was exacerbated after they avoided Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the semi-final draw, being paired with Italian side AS Roma.

That feeling of joy soon turned to anger amongst the fans, as they became absolutely furious with their opponents before a ball has even been kicked.

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Roma announced that they were charging travelling Reds a whopping £73 per ticket for their semi-final showpiece, which is an absolutely ludicrous figure quite frankly.

Even more infuriating for Liverpool is that the Italians only charged Chelsea £44.50 for their group game earlier in the season.

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It's not the first time a foreign side has looked to take advantage of the massive English following, as Sevilla bumped up their prices to £89 for Manchester United's last-16 tie in Spain.

They'd only charged Liverpool, ironically, £54 when they met in the group stages, and their fans are similarly angry about it on Twitter today, and called on their club to exact revenge on Roma for their visit.

It does seem extraordinary that Roma are looking to make extra money out of such a big game at the expense of the fans, who are obviously such a huge part of football.

The game has been going that way for some time, with the Premier League capping away tickets at £30 for adults last season.

There are still calls for that to be reduced and for a similar scheme to be brought in for home tickets, given the vast money clubs make in television revenue nowadays.

Liverpool fans will be looking to have the last laugh with another fantastic away performance in Europe come the second leg.

They've been enthralling to watch in the competition this term, and remain unbeaten in their 12 matches up to now.

Three more like that, and the fans will be singing about winning it six times come the start of next season.

Topics:
Premier League
AS Roma
Roberto Firmino
Football
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool

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