Jubilant Liverpool fans celebrated reaching the Champions League final in a good-natured atmosphere in Rome.

Around two dozen supporters without tickets sang loudly in bars in the centre of the Italian capital, while those in the Stadio Olimpico showed their appreciation for the players who made it possible.

After the final whistle, the team posed on the pitch with a banner reading "Sean Cox - You'll Never Walk Alone", referring to the Liverpool fan who was attacked outside Anfield last week.

That incident prompted security fears for Wednesday's return leg but it appeared to pass without incident amid a huge security operation.

Fans not lucky enough to get a ticket watched the game from a bar in Rome. Credit: Steven Paston/PA

Five thousand supporters, who arrived in buses under heavy police escort, faced waiting more than an hour to leave the stadium as Italian authorities kept both sets of fans apart.

Riot police and mounted officers provided a ring of steel around the area where fans caught the buses to the game.

Liverpool fans wearing team colours, against club advice, mixed with Roma fans in packed bars in the Campo de' Fiori area.

Those fans who predicted a nervy 90 minutes were proved right as the Reds lost 4-2 to AS Roma on the night to scrape through 6-7 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp's team will face Real Madrid in the final.