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Roma have been drawn against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals after the Italian side produced a historic comeback as they beat Barcelona 3-0 to qualify on away goals after they had lost the first leg 4-1 at Camp Nou.

A Champions League final for Bayern would be a fitting end to coach Jupp Heynckes' career with the German champions, who announced Friday it had hired Niko Kovac to take over next season.

Arsenal reached the semifinal after late goals from Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey helped them level the game against Russian club CSKA Moscow, who took unexpected 2-0 lead in the second leg of quarterfinal.

Having become the first side to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era last season, Real Madrid want to be the first club since Bayern (1974-76) to claim three successive European Cups. Liverpool have made a statement, similar to ours, knocking out the team that I thought might be the favourites to win it all, Manchester City. They showed composure and so much self-belief and I think they will go into the semis feeling very confident of going through to the final.

Liverpool chief coach Jurgen Klopp warned his side against complacency while facing Roma. They should have probably won four or five-nil - I was really impressed. That goes for Buffon more than anyone - there is no one like him though I was a big fan of Zoff.

The pairing of American-owned clubs pits a Liverpool team tied to the Boston Red Sox against Roma president James Pallotta, who has a stake in the Boston Celtics. They have been doing well and are getting better and better.

Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield on April 24 before the return fixture at the Stadio Olimpico.

But former West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet is the man most likely to make a difference for Marseille, with the France worldwide scoring three and creating four goals for Garcia's team in the Europa League. Liverpool were the most convincing by far.

Liverpool will have happy memories of their meeting with Roma in the 1984 European Cup final which was played in the Italian capital with the English side winning on penalties.

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