Roma prepare for Liverpool clash with light training session in unusual location

Roma put in the final preparations for their Champions League clash against Liverpool at a local leisure centre – where it costs just £75 to hire a pitch!

The Italian giants booked space one of the grass pitches at the Lifestyle Sports Centre in Walton on Tuesday morning, just a mile away from Anfield.

All of the Roma squad took part in the session, as they stretched their legs ahead of the semi-final first leg.

The leisure centre, which is situated in the middle of residential housing, doubles up as the headquarters for Liverpool County FA.

Roma arrived in Liverpool on Monday and examined the playing surface at Anfield that evening.

They will return to the stadium around two hours before kick-off, where a team coach is expected to be greeted by passionate Liverpool fans, just like the Manchester City coach was.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman says that his side are well prepared for the game, which will see them reunited with their former wing wizard Mo Salah.

And Strootman admits Roma have dedicated plans for his former teammate.

"Now he has so much confidence and he just creates the chances himself and finds it easy in front of the goal," the Dutchman told the Independent.

"I think it is confidence which is the main difference. It did a lot when he played here but now you see if he has a chance and he misses it, the next time he knows he will score.

"We have special tactics [for Salah] but I’m not going the share it! Italian defence, that is what I’m hoping for."

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