Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter after Liverpool draw Roma in the Champions League semi-finals and pointed out that if history repeats itself, Jurgen Klopp may be lifting the Reds’ sixth European title.
The Match of the Day presenter pointed out that the last time England, Spain, Germany and Italy were all represented in the semi-finals of Europe’s most elite competition, Liverpool went on to win it.
In 1981, the Merseyside club beat Bayern Munich on away goals before going on to beat Real Madrid in the final thanks to a goal by Ray Kennedy.
The only difference to the semi-finals 37 years ago was that Inter Milan were included and not Roma.
“The last time the 4 semi-finalists were from Italy, England, Germany and Spain was in 1981. The winners were Liverpool,” said Lineker on his personal Twitter account in his instant reaction to the draw.
The last time the 4 semi-finalists were from Italy, England, Germany and Spain was in 1981. The winners were Liverpool.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 13, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool fans may be happy with that draw, but they will be going into a team that dumped out Lionel Messi and co in the quarter-finals and they will by no means be a push over. Roma are a well-drilled team with quality in all areas and that could come to hurt Liverpool if Klopp does not come up with a good game plan to beat them. Mohamed Salah will be pitted up against his former side and hopefully that will not be playing on his mind too much as the Egyptian will have to be on top of his form to continue his goalscoring streak.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are on the verge of signing an attacker from this second-placed club.