Danny Murphy believes Liverpool could have ‘killed’ Real Madrid if they met the holders in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Reds avoided the European big-guns when they were pitted against Italian side Roma in Friday’s draw.
To many, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been handed the best draw possible having avoided both defending champions Real Madrid and German giants Bayern Munich.
But to former Reds midfielder Murphy, Roma will perhaps present the biggest challenge to Liverpool’s quest to win a sixth European crown.
Speaking of the Serie A side – who stunned Barcelona with a remarkable comeback to book their place in the semis – Murphy told talkSPORT host Jim White: “Roma are the one team Liverpool will be favourites to beat, and that changes the dynamics.
“They’re going to be pragmatic, they won’t mind shutting up shop and digging in and not trying to outplay Liverpool, like Madrid and Munich probably would do.
“I wanted Liverpool to get Madrid!
“I’ve seen them about six times this season and they’ve been all over the place defensively, especially when they played Tottenham. With Liverpool’s energy on the counter attack, I thought they would have killed Madrid.
“When you look at Roma’s team, it doesn’t strike fear into you, but they’re going to be the team that doesn’t mind making it ugly, whereas there other two would have tried to outplay Liverpool, which suits them.
“I don’t think Klopp will allow the players to think they’ve got one foot in the final just because they’ve got Roma- that would be silly.
“Roma have experience and energy in midfield and they’ve got the athleticism to match Liverpool’s running, but you just look at Liverpool’s front three and just think that’s where the game will be won.”