Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for AS Roma v Liverpool FC

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to book their place in the Champions League final on Wednesday night

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Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to book their place in the Champions League final by claiming a 1-1 draw against AS Roma in the return leg of their semi-final clash on Wednesday night.

The Reds took a big step towards reaching the final of Europe’s elite club competition after claiming a 5-2 win over the Italian side at Anfield last week.

Liverpool FC had been in total control of the game thanks to double goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane’s strike.

But the Merseyside outfit conceded two late goals to hand AS Roma hope heading into the return leg in Italy this week.

Former Arsenal man Nicholas feels that Liverpool FC have done enough to reach the final and is backing the Reds to progress thanks to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I covered both of Roma’s legs against Barcelona on Soccer Special and it was similar in terms of them being a defensive wreck in the first leg, but they got away with kicking lumps out of Lionel Messi in the second, with the referee being a joke.

“They smelt Barca’s fear and they’ll do the same if Liverpool give off that feeling and the referee allows it again, but I think Liverpool are stronger than Barca.

“I was surprised Klopp played Roberto Firmino at the weekend as his work brings it all together, but I do still fancy them to score at some point.

“I am a big fan of Edin Dzeko, who my old club Arsenal should have snapped up when he left Manchester City, and I fancy him to inject some more nerves into the tie, but see Liverpool striking back to kill the tie.”

Liverpool FC played out a goalless draw with Stoke City in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday as they look to close in on a top four finish in the top flight.

The Reds are aiming to finish in the top four for the second season running and secure their place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.

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