What the AS Roma players did when they arrived at Anfield deserves endless respect

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The stakes couldn't be any higher for Liverpool in the Champions League this week.

Even the most optimistic of Kopites wouldn't have foreseen the Reds reaching the semi-finals this season and only AS Roma stand in their way of a showdown in Kiev. The prospect of a sixth European title has captivated the city.

The threat posed by Roma has been debated in great length over the past week, however.

On paper, the Italians are by far the easiest opposition Liverpool could have drawn at this stage.

Nevertheless, exactly how the Reds will cope with the unfamiliar position of favourites, and especially with the stakes involved, has many fans and pundits talking.

AS Roma visited Anfield on Monday

It shouldn't be forgotten, too, that Liverpool's opponents are fresh from a 3-0 blitzing of Barcelona that will go down as one of the Champions League's great comebacks.

The first leg takes place tonight at Anfield and Liverpool will be looking to make a flying start to the tie, just as they did against Manchester City.

The Roma players arrived yesterday and one of the first tasks on their agenda was to visit Anfield.


AS Roma remember the 96

Considering their Champions League fate could be decided within the four stands of that very complex, it's a natural move for the Italians to make but they did more than admire the architecture.

In fact, what the players and staff of the Serie A team did was pure class.

Every member of the travelling team visited the memorial at Anfield to the 96 men, women and children who were tragically killed in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

Captain Daniele De Rossi laid a wreath and took a moment to remember those who had passed.

Take a look at the moment below:

There are times in football, which remind you why it's called the 'beautiful game.' This is one.

It's as important as ever to remember tragedies such as Hillsborough and Roma showed true class in following that tradition yesterday.

Liverpool fans have come together to applaud the visiting team for what is undoubtedly a touching gesture.

The club's tweet of the moment has already received in excess of 50,000 'likes.'

Last week had seen everybody at Liverpool mark the 29th anniversary of the day those 96 supporters went to a football match and never returned.

Unbridled respect to Roma for marking it, too.

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