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Jurgen Klopp set to ring the changes for Champions League semi-final with Roma

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Liverpool trained in Rome on the eve of the game

Jurgen Klopp is set to return to his first-choice defence for Liverpool’s crunch Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

Dejan Lovren and Andrew Robertson are both set for starts, with Trent Alexander-Arnold dropping into his more familiar right-back role, at the expense of Joe Gomez, who has not travelled because of injury.

Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno who played in Saturday’s goalless draw with Stoke are also set to drop out.

Klopp does not have the same luxury in midfield where his only three fit senior players Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum will start.

The Reds hold a 5-2 lead from last week’s match at Anfield and while Klopp admits it is not impossible for their Serie A opponents to win 3-0 – as they did the last round when they knocked out Barcelona – he insists they will make it “quite difficult”.

“I am not here to say anything about Barcelona. They have not done a lot wrong in the last few years,” said Klopp when asked what mistakes the Catalans had made having brought a 4-1 lead to the Stadio Olimpico.”Barcelona probably thought it was decided. Everyone is telling us it is quite difficult and possible (to turn around the tie) but no-one told Barcelona it is possible to beat you 3-0 because no-one could imagine it could happen but it happened.

“I didn’t need a warning but if a warning was needed, it was a warning. But the closer the game comes Roma realise they still have to score three: it didn’t happen too often this season against us.

“I’m not saying it is impossible but it is quite difficult. We are here to fight for our dreams, that is how it is, and we want to go to the final.”

Provisional squad: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Masterson, Woodburn, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Jones.

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