De Rossi: ‘Liverpool made a statement’

Roma captain Daniele De Rossi says Liverpool “made a statement” by beating Manchester City, and praises manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Giallorossi will face the Reds in the semi-finals of the Champions League, having overturned a 4-1 loss to Barcelona with a 3-0 win at the Olimpico on Tuesday.

“We’ve seen the draw and not much would have changed, no matter who we got in the end,” De Rossi said in a video posted on the Giallorossi’s Facebook page.

“At this level all the teams – Liverpool, Bayern Munich Real Madrid – a great sides, incredible.

“Liverpool have made a statement similar to ours [against Barcelona] by knocking out a team that I thought might be favourites to win it all, Manchester City.

“They have a Coach whose approach I love. We respect them of course, like we did Barcelona and Shakhtar, but we’ll have our chances.

“Beating Barcelona? We knew we were a good team and that we’d started to take the Coach’s ideas on board.

“We’ve done OK in the league, but to reach the semi-finals of this competition, against these sort of sides, is something I really wasn’t thinking about.

“If we don’t play well over the last eight or nine games then one way or another we won’t be in the Champions League next season, so we need to make sure we play well.”

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