Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has spoken of the joy of securing a 'truly deserved' Champions League final place.
The 7-6 aggregate win over Roma, achieved despite a first European loss this season with a 4-2 reverse in the Stadio Olimpico, has set up a repeat of the club's 1981 final triumph against Real Madrid.
It will be their first appearance in 11 years, which precedes the ownership of Fenway Sports Group, and Werner - a key figure in the American set-up - revelled in the moment.
Liverpool celebrated sealing their first Champions League final spot since 2007 on WednesdayiPhone transfer software
Chairman Tom Werner, right, says exciting Reds truly deserve that place in Kiev on 26 May
'It was thrilling to beat Roma and our play in the Champions League was such that we truly deserve to be going to Kiev,' said Werner. 'What a joy to experience this moment with our away supporters.'
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits they face their most significant challenge tackling the defending champions and 12-time winners who have lifted the trophy in three of the last four seasons.
'Probably the biggest test we could have had, the biggest I've had as a player,' said the Holland international. 'We have to be aware of their quality, but they have to be aware of ours.
Georginio Wijnaldum's header ultimately proved to be the difference for Liverpool in Rome
Wijnaldum is expecting Real Madrid to present the biggest test of his career to date
'The Champions League is the biggest competition you can play at club level, so if you can go in your first season to the final it's a great feeling but then you want to win the final now, so you can't relax.'
Wijnaldum's first away goal for a club in three years put Liverpool 2-1 ahead on the night and was ultimately crucial in sending them through.