Lucas Leiva has something quality planned for Liverpool's trip to Roma next week

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Liverpool take on AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finals tonight in what represents the club's most important game in recent history.

Not since the 2009/10 season have the Reds reached this stage of the competition and there's a genuine belief amongst Kopites that they can go all the way.

Mohamed Salah and co. have been nigh-on unstoppable in Europe en route to the semi-finals, winning eight out of 12 games and scoring a staggering 39 goals.

They blew away Premier League champions Manchester City in the previous round by winning 3-0 at Anfield and then 2-1 at the Etihad in the second leg.

Defensively Jurgen Klopp's men have been rock solid, too, so there's no reason why they can't beat Roma over two legs and then Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final.

One man who is looking forward to the clash at Anfield is Liverpool old boy Lucas Leiva, who joined Lazio last summer following 10 years at the club.

Leiva has even been trying to help his former employers by being rough with Roma's players when he played them on Sunday.


"It will be a great night, for sure. For the players, a good experience," the Brazilian told Liverpool's website. "It's a big game, a semi-final.

"It maybe won't be that different from some games that I experienced with Liverpool - the Europa League, that game against [Borussia] Dortmund and then Villarreal.

"I'm looking forward to it and I'll be supporting Liverpool for sure."

Leiva will watch tonight's showdown 1,400 miles away from the comfort of his own home, but he has something pretty special planned for the second leg.

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The 31-year-old wants to attend Roma's Stadio Olimpico stadium and sit amongst Liverpool's travelling supporters in the away stand.

"I'm still thinking about it," Leiva added, "but I'm hoping I can go to the Liverpool end and watch the game - and maybe take some of my friends and my son.

"We still follow Liverpool a lot, we watch every game and I hope they can get to the final."

What a hero. It's not often you see professional footballers sitting in the stands with fans, but Leiva is a legend amongst Liverpool supporters and he wants to enjoy the occasion with them.

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