Jordan Henderson is relishing the prospect of playing against Daniele De Rossi when Liverpool host Roma on Tuesday.
The Italians visit Anfield for the first leg of their first Champions League semi-final since 1984, the year in which these teams met in the final.
De Rossi produced a superb performance in the stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona that booked Roma's place in the last four, and Henderson is prepared for a tough battle against his opposing captain.
"Fantastic player, fantastic leader for many years for Roma," he told a news conference when asked about De Rossi.
"He's a huge player and someone who has been around for a long time. He will be used to it, this sort of size of game. He will be looking forward to it.
"But I feel we've got experience in our side, too, maybe not as much as him, but I feel we are ready to go and challenge."
Henderson admits Tuesday's meeting will be "a huge occasion" for Liverpool's players but is determined not to let their focus drop.
"You dream of playing against the best teams in Europe, and Roma are certainly one of those," he said. "It will be a fantastic night, but you've got to remain focused.
"When you look back at the game you want to remember it for the right reasons. You want to be able to put in a fantastic performance for the team, but also get the right result as well.
"We must continue to play as we always have this season and keep improving as we go along. It's a big test, a big challenge against a really good side in Roma, but one I feel we are ready for.
"We've got to put on a similar performance – if not better – than we did against Manchester City [in the quarter-finals]. If we do that, hopefully we can get through to the final."
Henderson also praised the impact of manager Jurgen Klopp on the team, describing him as a coach who strikes the ideal balance between personality and determination.
"He's one of the best managers in the world," said the England midfielder. "First and foremost, tactically, it goes without saying how knowledgeable he is. You can see that in our performances and style of play.
"But he's a fantastic human. He's very genuine and has a great passion for football that transcends throughout the team
"He's a fantastic manager who keeps you on your toes, keeps pushing you to improve. He never wants standards to drop and [wants us to] maintain them, no matter who we are playing
"He's an amazing manager and obviously everyone in the squad feels privileged to work with him I feel I've improved a lot since I joined this football club, but hopefully I can keep improving over the next few years."
|Pakistan´s Babar ruled out of England series|
|Gudjohnsen tips Madrid to beat Liverpool, despite star trio|
|It does something to you - Van Dijk reveals why he joined Liverpool|
|Gleyber Torres makes history as Yankees beat Angels|
|MLS Review: LA Galaxy edge San Jose Earthquakes in California Clasico|
|Real Madrid v Liverpool: Who will win the Champions League final?|
|LeBron James saves Cavaliers from elimination|
|Peru FA president weighs in on Paolo Guerrero´s drugs ban appeal|
|Jurgen Klopp calls for ´big balls´ from Liverpool|
|Kevin Love ruled out of Game 6 for Cavaliers after concussion|
|Prescott says Cowboys don´t need top receiver|
|MLB extends Roberto Osuna´s administrative leave for third time|
|Rose shoots 64 to take Fort Worth lead|
|James Harden not worried about shooting struggles|
|Green: Spurs star Leonard wants to stay in San Antonio|
|Griezmann could help Barcelona a lot, says Umtiti|
|Moyano hat-trick helps Jaguares sink 14-man Sharks|
|Mbappe rejected Real Madrid for PSG - Monaco´s Vasilyev|
|Rovers rock Warriors as Wolves bite back to see off Hull|
|Thiem through in Lyon as Fucsovics closes in on historic first title|
|Hughes signs three-year Southampton deal|
|Barty suffers injury scare in Strasbourg|
|Ruthless Montpellier overpower Lyon to reach Top 14 final|
|Rabiot hits out at Deschamps criticism|
|Low: Messi more complete than Ronaldo|
|Marvellous McIlroy moves three clear at Wentworth|
|Brighton confirm deal for Deportivo striker Andone|
|No offers for Lyon captain Fekir, Aulas claims|
|Pakistan turn the screw to frustrate England at Lord´s|
|Rashid leaves Knight Riders in the shade as Sunrisers reach IPL final|
|Madrid not favourites for Champions League final - Zidane|
|Don´t compare Salah to Messi and Ronaldo, says Ramos. They´re in a different orbit!|
|Van Dijk: Liverpool is my team, Anfield is my home|
|Ronaldo at ´140 per cent´ is good enough for Zidane|
|People like to talk - Marcelo responds to misquoted Klopp|
|French Open 2018: Hopes of sensational Serena success raised by Roland Garros draw|
|Houston Rockets without Chris Paul for game six|
|Ostapenko used to life in the spotlight ahead of French Open defence|
|Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment|
|Liverpool motivated by Europa League pain - Henderson|
|Reus relishing Favre reunion at Borussia Dortmund|
|Phenomenal Froome claims stunning Giro lead as Yates capitulates|
|Bertens, Kontaveit and Kasatkina – Can Ostapenko´s Roland Garros fairytale be matched?|
|Klopp less excited about second final appearance|
|It´s funny if two managers in the final have no clue about tactics - Klopp defends Zidane|
|Salah´s long-term potential ´not important´, says focused Klopp|
|It´s kind of unreal - Kvitova surprised by her success ahead of French Open return|
|Man United and Real Madrid favourite Beckham begs Zidane to beat Liverpool|
|Storm and Raiders snatch dramatic wins|
|Boateng desperate for ´best in the world´ Neuer to play|
|Great players have to play here - Real Madrid´s Marcelo continues Neymar courtship|
|Salah can win Ballon d´Or with Champions League triumph, says Luiz|
|Roland Garros wins ´exactly the same´ for Nadal regardless of Federer involvement|
|Rebels romp past Sunwolves, Crusaders retain top spot|
|Halep ´stronger mentally´ as she seeks first grand slam title|
|Cipriani on bench for Baa Baas clash|
|Ronaldo´s rival Salah shifts focus back to Liverpool versus Real Madrid|
|Two arrested in Kiev after clashes before Champions League final|
|Johnny Nelson leads tributes after death of Brendan Ingle|
|Batshuayi puts off Chelsea plans until after World Cup|
|Devon Smith back in Windies squad, Hamilton earns maiden call-up|
|Thiago hints at uncertain Bayern Munich future|
|Dhananjaya pulls out of Windies tour following death of father|
|I feel great - Kerr keeps faith with Warriors on the brink|
|Ronaldo: I can´t be compared with Salah|
|Buffon agent backs Paris Saint-Germain move|
|ICC confirms smart watches prohibited|
|Real Madrid v Liverpool: Champions League final in Opta numbers|
|Mane sends 300 Liverpool shirts to Senegal village for Champions League final|
|Arthur will not join Barcelona before December, Gremio insist|