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Picking a Combined XI of Liverpool and AS Roma Players Ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Clash

Champions League glory is only three games away for both Liverpool and AS Roma, as the two teams prepare for the semi final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday night.


Memories of Liverpool and Roma's 1984 European Cup final will be revived, a final in which Liverpool beat Roma in their own back garden. 


Liverpool are in the semi finals for the first time in ten years, while Roma's last appearance came in 1984. With both teams ready to write a new chapter in their clubs' European history, see who makes it into the Liverpool and Roma combined XI.

1. GK: Alisson Becker

Loris Karius' recent improvement between the sticks has seen him successfully wrestle the goalkeeper spot from Simon Mignolet, but the German still has work to do in order reach Alisson's level.


Alisson has become one of the most sought-after goalkeepers in world football this season after putting in a number of eye-catching displays for both Roma and Brazil - it is testament enough that the 25-year-old is preferred to Ederson for Brazil.

2. CB: Kostas Manolas

'The Greek God in Rome' as Peter Drury aptly referred to Manolas following his dramatic winner against Barcelona - he simply cannot miss out on a spot in this lineup after his heroics against the Catalans.


The 26-year-old Greek defender has been a mainstay in the Giallorossi defence since his arrival in 2014 and was rewarded for his efforts with a contract extension which will keep the defender at the club until 2022.

3. CB: Virgil Van Dijk

The improvement in Liverpool's backline since the arrival of the Netherlands international is there for all to be seen - Van Dijk has brought an air of calmness to Liverpool's defence that that has otherwise been lacking.


The 26-year-old's impact has seen Liverpool concede just a single goal in their previous four knockout fixtures in the Champions League and Van Dijk will be hoping to have a hand in another Liverpool clean sheet on Tuesday.

4. LB: Aleksander Kolarov

Kolarov has proved a brilliant signing for Roma. The 32-year-old signed from Manchester City in the summer and has resurrected his career making 41 appearances, scoring three and assisting 13 for the Giallorossi.


Andy Robertson may feel aggrieved at his omission from the XI and he has reason to be, the Scottish left back has been in fine form this term since signing from Hull City but just misses out based on big game experience. 

5. RB: Trent Alexander Arnold

Alexander-Arnold has had a stellar breakthrough season at Liverpool. Originally identified by Pep Guardiola as the weak link in the Liverpool backline, the youngster proceeded to notch up two coming of age performances, keeping the dangerous Leroy Sane quiet throughout.


The 19-year-old has made 28 appearances this season, contributing three goals and two assists and the young defender will be looking to further repay faith shown in him by Klopp by putting in another assured performance on Tuesday evening.   

6. CM: Radja Nainggolan

The combative Belgium midfielder has been consistently linked with moves away from the Rome based club in recent years, but his commitment to Roma has been unwavering.


The 29-year-old has been at his most effective in a more advanced midfield role and has made 37 appearances this season - Roma will hope his omission from the Belgium squad will act as added motivation when it comes to the clutch games.

7. CM: Daniele De Rossi

The 37-year-old has made 587 appearances for Roma in total and his experience will be key to Roma's success in the semi final.


Although his games this season are being managed due to his age, there is little doubt that we will see De Rossi feature in both legs and the captain will be hoping for the perfect send off next month by lifting the trophy in Kiev.

8. CM: James Milner

James Milner, 32, has proved a valuable signing for Liverpool, arriving on a free from Manchester City in 2015.


Everyone has grown to appreciate the dependency and versatility that the midfielder offers, but few could have imagined that Milner would go on to top the assists charts in the Champions League this term. Milner currently boasts eight assists, with Luis Suarez second on the list with five.

9. RW: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah - the first name on this team sheet - has had a season that none would have foreseen, only two other players in world football have been on his level and those names are the otherworldly duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


The Egyptian has scored a phenomenal 41 goals in 46 appearances this season, with eight of those coming in the Champions League. Do not be surprised if Salah adds a few more over the two legs against his former employers.  

10. ST: Roberto Firmino

It cannot be underestimated how important the Brazilian attacker is to Jurgen Klopp's system. Firmino is deployed as a creative forward whilst also acting as Liverpool's first line of defence, by demonstrated his 62 tackles in the Premier League.


What's more, the 26-year-old has added more goals to his game, notching up 25  so far in all competitions. If it weren't for the season Salah is having, he would be receiving more acclaim.

11. LW: Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane completes the trio of Liverpool attackers in the combined XI and it is hard to argue otherwise. Liverpool have scored 33 goals in 10 games, breaking the record for the number of goals scored in a Champions League campaign by an English side with two, potentially three games to spare...


Mane has had his hand in a number of Liverpool's Champions League goals, scoring seven including a last-16 first leg hat-trick away to Porto.