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Liverpool to stick with Plan A against Roma - Gomez

Jurgen Klopp's side take a 5-2 lead into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico. Credit: PA

Defender Joe Gomez insists Liverpool cannot afford to change their game-plan against Roma if they want to secure a place in the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp's side take a 5-2 lead into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday but the Reds will be look to extend not defend that advantage.

"We have shown this season our best form of defence is attack so we will probably just do that again," said Gomez after Saturday's disappointing goalless draw at home to Stoke, which saw Liverpool creep closer to securing a top-four finish.

"Obviously we will be wary they have their threats and the two goals they scored will keep us on our toes and we will be defensively aware.

"But I don't think we can go there and afford to just sit off and try to defend the whole game because that will bring pressure and that is not the type of football we play.

"We want to go there on the front foot and try to add to the goals."

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Roma have been charged by Uefa for "monkey chants"

Roma fans celebrate their sides first goal against Chelsea. Credit: PA

Roma have been charged by UEFA after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Wednesday's Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Germany defender Rudiger left Roma for Chelsea last summer, having previously expressed his frustration at a failure to tackle racist incidents which saw him targeted.

A statement from European football's governing body read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma (3-3), played on October 18 in England."

UEFA said the charge was "racist behaviour (monkey chants)", adding: "This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on November 16."

Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea battled to a 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C.

Chelsea had surrendered a two-goal lead to trail 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining after former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko's quick-fire double.

Chelsea were second best, but Hazard headed in Pedro's cross to give the Blues seven points ahead of the trip to the Eternal City on October 31.

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