Champions League draw: Liverpool learn Champions League fate
Liverpool have drawn Roma in the semi-finals of this season's Champions League while Real Madrid will face German champions Bayern Munich in the other semi-final.
The Reds advanced to the last four after a 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals while Roma stunned La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico to win on away goals.
The victory for Jurgen Klopp's side booked Liverpool their first semi-final appearance in the Champions League since their 2008 defeat to Chelsea but Klopp insisted that his side deserve to be in the competition's penultimate stage this season.
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"Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid, they win everything in the last 20 years," Klopp told the club's website after the quarter-final win over City.
"In the same time we pretty much didn’t win anything as a club. You will not become a winner overnight – it happens from time to time, but it’s never really on a basis, it’s a coincidence and a little bit of luck.
"We only can develop. This league is unbelievably strong, this competition is unbelievably strong. You cannot imagine how much intensity you feel before a game like this.
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"Everybody wrote me a message – ‘I will watch the game here, I will watch the game there, I will have a beer together with friends…’ I would really like to do that as well, to drink a beer and watch a Champions League game.
"Unfortunately, it is always work. It’s all good but it’s not that you can enjoy it completely, but I don’t care who is in [the competition]. We are here and we deserved it, and I am really happy about that.
"So far, we fought for each opportunity to get it – and then to use it is so hard. But that’s what we will do. The other teams will have their targets as well when we meet them in the semis; I think they are not without ambitions."
Meanwhile Bayern held Sevilla to a 0-0 draw to win their quarter-final tie 2-1 on aggregate while a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty booked Madrid a spot in the semi-finals for the eighth consecutive season as the defending champions disposed of Juventus in dramatic circumstances at the Bernabeu.