Salah: the Champions League final is not me against Ronaldo

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Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real Madrid despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico.

The five-time European champions were back at the venue where they won two of those trophies, but, while respectful of that glorious past, Klopp is focused on making history of his own.

Salah, with 43 goals this season, is seen as the biggest threat not only to Real in Kiev but to the dominance of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the Ballon d'Or.

It'll be a huge occasion for everyone involved with the Anfield club - with it being their eighth major European final and an opportunity to win their sixth European Cup.

Liverpool reached the final with a 7-6 aggregate win over Roma while Real beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate.

"Nobody said getting to the Champions League final is easy and we've beaten some great teams on the way".

Speaking after the game, Pallotta said: "I know it is hard to ref but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that".

Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in nearly three years were sandwiched between a James Milner own goal in the first half before Edin Dzeko and then Radja Nainngolan with two - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - turned the result but not the tie around.

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'We had to play in the qualifiers but I knew that the competition and the football in the competition would suit us.

Both Italian clubs were eliminated from the Champions League following questionable decisions by the referee. "We can not go to Champions League final with nice football constantly being better". They took all the risks and we punished it with the counter-attack but then we gave away a goal.

Uefa's hesitation is due to the fact the Champions League involves so many countries, many of which - like in the English Premier League - don't use the VAR domestically.

Roma's players exhausted in the closing stages and rarely looked like threatening until, out of seemingly nowhere, Nainggolan scored two consolation strikes which again brought a slumbering Stadio Olimpico to life. "But then you want to win the final now, so you can't relax".

Klopp described the game as "wild", adding: "It was a little bit exciting - more exciting than I actually wanted". I thought at the time Dzeko was clearly offside on the other penalty, yet we saw later that he wasn't.

With Roma failing to clear a corner, the imperious Virgil van Dijk nodded the ball back towards goal, Wijnaldum getting there first to head over the 'keeper and into the net, leaving Roma needing four unanswered goals just to take the tie to extra time.

Despite concerns over security in the buildup to Liverpool's visit to Rome the semi-final passed off relatively trouble-free.

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