For that game, Di Francesco switched for the first time to a three-man defence from his favoured 4-3-3 formation. "Ask any player what matters most, between the Champions League and a domestic title, and they will tell you that winning in Europe comes first".
"He had a fantastic time there and became the player we have now, big credit to the staff and players at Roma because they were all part of his development".
Liverpool hosts Roma in the last four first leg tomorrow and the match-up has rekindled memories of Grobbelaar's memorable contribution to its fourth European Cup triumph 34 years ago.
They have some great players performing to their 100 percent potential this year.
The Serie A team's performance in the 2-1 second leg win at Wembley was based on a defensive masterclass and was also remarkable in the way Juve players celebrated tackles and blocks nearly as much as their two goals. He averages a goal every 92 minutes in the Champions League and has a better conversion rate that the competition's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
It'll be a different game obviously because it's a different team, different players, different manager and probably a different way of playing.
Despite Liverpool's heroics against City in the last eight, they were upstaged by Roma for performance of the round.
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"What's really important is we can enjoy our own football - there's only one team that can win it, but it's a long season".
The Giallorossi dominated the shot count 14-6 at Spal but Di Francesco suggested his team would need to be more clinical at Anfield.
He did just that at Etihad Stadium to score the goal against Manchester City that all but sealed Liverpool's place in the Champions League semifinals. It looked like a fine snatch.
"They're more experienced of this situation than we are".
Lovren knows what the Champions League means to Kopites and how much they crave a sixth European crown. Since January, when Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk and promoted Karius, they have the most clean sheets in the Premier League and are allowing less than a goal per game. When you look back at the game, you want to remember it for the right reasons - I know the atmosphere will be unbelievable, but you want to look back having put on a fantastic performance for the team and also having got the result as well.
"With such a big amount of pressure on that game it was quite hard but we did it brilliantly", he said.