Former Roma and Liverpool Midfielder Alberto Aquilani believes that the Giallorossi can progress through to the Champions League Final.
The former Italian International is currently playing for La Liga outfit Las Palmas, but played for Roma from 2002-2009, coming through the Academy, before being sold to Liverpool for €20 Million in 2009.
The Second-Leg of the Champions League Semi-Final is tonight at the Stadio Olimpico and the Reds’ are in a favorable position to progress through to the Final as they currently lead 5-2 after the First-Leg.
Aquilani spoke to Il Romanista about the match and admitted that he is supporting Roma rather than Liverpool.
“Obviously, I’m supporting Roma, although I knew the atmosphere of Anfield and how strong Jurgen Klopp’s side is, I didn’t expect Roma to concede five. Fortunately, they scored those two late on that left a small window of hope.
“It’s difficult, but not impossible. Roma can count on one factor that could prove to be decisive and that’s the Stadio Olimpico. If Anfield is able to fire up Liverpool, I can guarantee the Roma fans can do the same here. They really can be the extra weapon.
“This team can fight it out with everyone and already proved that in Europe, beating Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona. They are on the verge of a dream and can take that final step.
“I was fortunate enough to work with Eusebio Di Francesco in the few months I had at Sassuolo. He is a Coach with clear ideas, looks after the details and has a style of football that I like. He’s done a great job with Roma”.
Aquilani then discussed his career and admitted that he didn’t want to join Liverpool.
“My dream was to have my whole career with the Giallorossi, just like Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi. When they told me Liverpool were ready, I realised I simply wouldn’t have the chance to remain.
“In those years, there had already been offers to buy me. Juventus wanted me, then Inter, and Arsene Wenger wanted to take me to Arsenal. Those were bids that Roma never took into consideration.
“When they told me about the Liverpool offer, it was evident the club needed to sell”.