Championship winners Wolves have had their relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes approved by the EFL, who deem him as not a 'relevant person'.
Wolves were invited to meet with the EFL over the close bond between club owners Fosun and Mendes, following criticism from Championship rivals.
But the EFL have made a comprehensive review of details provided by Wolves.
And they have concluded that "there is no requirement" for Mendes to submit to the owners' and directors' test.
As well as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, Mendes acts for Wolves head coach Nuno and two of the club's fellow Portuguese star players, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota.
More to follow.
Arsenal have Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech available for Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.
Midfielders Ozil and Wilshere, and goalkeeper Cech missed Sunday's win over West Ham with minor injuries.
Striker Diego Costa has been named in a 20-man Atletico squad for the trip.
Boss Diego Simeone said at the weekend the Spain forward had "no chance" of being fit for the game at Emirates Stadium because of a hamstring injury.
He has missed three games since limping out of the quarter-final second leg against Sporting Lisbon.
Costa has scored six goals in 18 games since his move from Chelsea.
Full-back Juanfran will miss Thursday's game because of a hamstring injury.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hopeful midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan could recover from a knee injury to feature in the second leg in Madrid next week.
However, Mohamed Elneny - who damaged ankle ligaments against West Ham - is likely to miss the rest of the season.
"He has a little chance to play at Huddersfield," said Wenger, referring to Arsenal's final Premier League game of the season on 13 May.
"I think he will be available for Egypt at the World Cup, but not any more for Arsenal."
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible for Arsenal, having played for Dortmund earlier in the competition.Diego Costa has not played since the Europa League quarter-final against Sporting Lisbon'I think this is the final'
European football writer Raphael Honigstein on the BBC Radio 5 live's Euro Leagues Football Show
I think this is the final, or should have been the final in terms of the two strongest teams left. The fact it's over two legs doesn't work in Arsenal's favour - you have seen the European know-how from Atletico in the last few years.
They have consistently knocked out better teams because they are almost a machine built for European football. They don't concede and they need one chance to score two goals.
You think it's a horrible match-up for Arsenal as they're the opposite.
European football writer Julien Laurens on the BBC Radio 5 live's Euro Leagues Football Show
I think Arsenal can definitely do it. Atletico were not that good at the weekend against Real Betis, drawing 0-0, or against Sporting Lisbon in the last round. The second leg, they lost 1-0 but it could have been 3-0. They were so bad.
Whether they have Diego Costa fit or not is a huge factor. Antoine Griezmann is not the same player when he's not there.
Winning the Europa League would be an amazing farewell for Wenger. It would be a fairytale but football is no fairytale.Wenger faces 125th different team - the stats
Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd and Hibernian's John McGinn stand between Celtic and a fifth consecutive PFA Scotland Premiership Player of the Year award.
Celtic captain Scott Brown and fellow midfielder James Forrest are the others on the shortlist with their side on the brink of a second successive treble.
The 34-year-old Boyd has never won the award despite having led the top-flight scoring charts four times.
Midfielder McGinn has established himself as a Scotland squad regular.
Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is in the running to win the Scottish Professional Football League Young Player of the Year award for a third year running.
Aberdeen centre-half Scott McKenna, Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan, who is on loan from Celtic, are the other nominees chosen by their fellow professionals throughout the four senior divisions.
Morgan, who was sold to Celtic in January and loaned back to St Mirren as they headed towards the Championship title and promotion, would be the first to win the award while playing outside the top flight.Kris Boyd and John McGinn have helped their sides secure top-six finishes in the Premiership
Striker Michael Higdon, then of Motherwell, in 2012-13, and midfielder Steven Davis, for his Rangers performances in 2009-10, are the only non-Celtic players to have won the senior player of the year award in the last 12 years.
Boyd, who has 18 Scotland caps and whose 16 goals is the most in the Premiership this season, lost out to then team-mate Davis in 2010 and was last among the nominations in four years later.
Now in his second spell with Kilmarnock, the veteran striker has thrived under Steve Clarke's managership and helped his side reach the top six for the first time in seven years.
McGinn, who was PFA Scotland's Championship Player of the Year last season, helped Hibs join them there in their first season back in the top flight.
While no Hibs or Kilmarnock player has won the Premiership award previously, Brown is in line to win it for a second time, having topped the polling in 2009.
Last season, it went to Forrest's fellow winger, Scott Sinclair, while Tierney took the young player award for a second year running, having followed in the footsteps of Jason Denayer, the defender who had been on loan to Celtic from Manchester City.Rangers' Alfredo Morelos and Celtic's Kieran Tierney are up for the SPFL Young Player of the Year award
The last non-Celtic player to win the young player award was Tierney's rival for the Scotland left-back position, Andrew Robertson, then of Dundee United and now of Liverpool, in 2014.
Colombia Under-20s striker Morelos is the only non-Scot to make the nominations list and has scored 18 goals in all competitions - three behind Boyd - since his summer transfer from HJK Helsinki.
McKenna only broke into Aberdeen's first team in September and has gone on to win two Scotland caps.
Morgan is also in the running to be Championship player of the year, with nominations for the second tier, League One and League Two having been announced last week.
The winners will be announced at the PFA Scotland awards dinner in Glasgow on 29 April.NominationsScottish Premiership Player of the Year
Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock): Striker. Aged 34. Former clubs: Rangers, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Eskisehirspor and Portland Timbers, 18 Scotland caps. 21 goals in 38 appearances.
Scott Brown (Celtic): Midfielder. Aged 32. In 11th season with Celtic since joining from Hibernian. Retired from Scotland duty with 55 caps. Captained Celtic to League Cup final win over Motherwell, one win away from seventh consecutive title and face Well in Scottish Cup final. Premier League Player of the Year 2008-09.
James Forrest (Celtic): Winger. Aged 26, product of Celtic youth system, 20 Scotland caps. 16 goals in 58 appearances.
John McGinn (Hibernian): Midfielder. Aged 23. Joined Hibs from St Mirren in 2015, seven Scotland caps. 6 goals in 43 appearances.SPFL Young Player of the Year
Scott McKenna (Aberdeen): Centre-half. Aged 21. First season in Aberdeen first team after loan spells with Ayr United and Alloa Athletic. Won two Scotland caps.
Alfredo Morelos (Rangers): Striker. Aged 21. Joined Rangers from HJK Helsinki in June, Colombia Under-20 international. 18 goals in 40 appearances.
Lewis Morgan (St Mirren, on loan from Celtic): Winger. Aged 21. Started with Rangers youths before coming through St Mirren's youth system, sold to Celtic in January and loaned back. 18 goals in 41 appearances helped the Buddies win the Championship title and promotion.
Kieran Tierney (Celtic): Left-back. Aged 20. Product of Celtic youth system, nine Scotland caps. SPFL Young Player of the Year 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has said the decision to go on a post-season tour of Myanmar was "carefully considered".
The Championship side are scheduled to play fixtures on 9 and 11 May in the country, where families have fled their homes because of military operations.
Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan called the trip "morally corrupt".
However, Radrizzani said he believes the trip can "have a positive impact on the local community".
Leeds are due to face a Myanmar National League All-Star team in Yangon, also known as Rangoon, and the country's national team in Mandalay.
In those areas, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance is to "check travel advice before travelling".
The FCO advises against "all but essential travel" in some other areas of Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Nearly 700,000 of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have fled the country since August because of ongoing military operations in Rakhine.
The United Nations described the issues in the northern Rakhine province as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
Radrizzani said he was aware of the "serious issues" in the country but that it was a "beautiful place filled with incredibly warm and welcoming people".
He added: "This was a carefully considered decision and we knew it would be controversial, but this is about people not governments.
"It has never been my intention, nor that of the club, to get involved in a political debate in Myanmar.
"However, if because of the tour we further highlight the ongoing serious issues in certain areas of the country, then maybe that is a positive thing."
U Ko Ko Thein, general secretary of the Myanmar Football Federation, told Myanmar Frontier that the tour would "help us to showcase our passion for the game abroad".
Leicester City visited the country in May 2016 after winning the Premier League title, however, they did not play any matches there.
Roma have condemned the "abhorrent behaviour" of some fans after a Liverpool supporter was attacked before the Champions League semi-final.
Two men from Rome were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Wednesday's assault on Sean Cox, 53, who is in a critical condition.
Roma said those involved at Anfield had brought "shame on the club".
"There is no place for this type of vile behaviour in football," a statement read.
The victim, from Dunboyne in Ireland, has a head injury and is being treated in hospital.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said that the "thoughts and prayers" of those at the club were with the injured fan.
"The only result that matters to us now is that he recovers and can return home to be with his family and loved ones," the 27-year-old wrote.
Roma said they were co-operating with Liverpool, Uefa and the authorities.
The attack happened outside a pub before kick-off, when about 80 Roma fans are thought to have used a side road to reach an area where Liverpool supporters had gathered.
One supporter was seen motionless on the road and BBC Sport footage showed another fan carrying a hammer.
A Liverpool statement released on Wednesday asked those who had any relevant information to contact Merseyside Police.
Uefa said in a statement that it was "deeply shocked" by the "vile attack".
"The perpetrators of this ignominious attack have no place in and around football and we trust they will be dealt with utmost severity by the authorities," the statement read.
Liverpool won the first leg of the tie 5-2.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from the club after nearly 22 years "was not really my decision".
It was announced on Friday that the 68-year-old Frenchman will leave the club at the end of the season, despite having a year left on his contract.
Speaking before Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, Wenger said: "I focus on what I have to do every day.
"At the moment, I work like ever."
Wenger said he would continue to work "for sure" in the future, but was not ready to commit to anything else "at the moment".
Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002, under Wenger.'I have a high opinion of Enrique' Luis Enrique won the Champions League, two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey three times with Barcelona
A number of managers have been linked with replacing Wenger, including former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira and ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.
Asked about the latter, Wenger said: "I don't want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique."
Arsenal have said a replacement will be announced as soon as possible, while chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the club must be bold in their search for a new manager.
Thursday's match will be the final time Wenger takes charge of the Gunners for a home European tie.
Their hopes of reaching the Champions League next season rest on winning the Europa League.
"Is there a perfect goodbye? I don't know. I just want to do as well as I can," Wenger said.
"This group of players deserve something special and I want to do it for them, to achieve something with them.
"My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players we have."
Social media companies need to do more to stop the online abuse footballers get, says campaign group Kick It Out.
The organisation, which fights racism in football, was commenting after Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie revealed some of the racist abuse he has been sent on Twitter.
The 25-year-old Fulham player has had death threats and racist slurs.
"It appears you can go onto a social media platform and say what you want," said Kick It Out's Paul Mortimer.
Mortimer told BBC Sport: "If you said that in the street you'd find yourself in trouble, but the fact there is a platform that you can go on and say this stuff and be able to get away with it doesn't make sense.
"Everyone involved in football must challenge the social media giants to do more as it is having an impact.'Nothing changes... Nothing gets done...'
The Football Association of Ireland referred allegedly racist abuse of Christie to police in November 2017, a few days after his country's World Cup qualifying defeat by Denmark.
Christie shared several messages on Tuesday, one of them showing a picture of two black people being hanged from a tree.
The user asked how he "could enter the world as black" and that his "best chance of survival" would be to "bleach his skin" or he would "be a dead man within three days".
In response, Christie posted that it was "sad to see people are still resorting to racist slander" and another message saying: "Nothing changes ....Nothing gets done ..."
Fulham have told BBC Sport that they are supporting and advising Christie and are consulting the "relevant authorities", while the Football Association said they were aware of the tweets and condemn all forms of discrimination.Cyrus Christie was part of the Republic of Ireland squad at Euro 2016
Mortimer - who played for Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Bristol City, and is now Kick It Out's professional players engagement manager - says threats from people are difficult to ignore.
"The anxiety is you have no clue who has threatened you," he said.
"I don't care who you are, you will have to be cautious about meeting new people or going to places you're not sure about.
"Cyrus is a public figure as an international footballer, it makes it difficult for him and his family.
"I don't know if the perpetrators understand the gravity of what they are saying but they need to be brought to justice, they need to be caught.
"But unless we get help from the social media giants, I don't know what we can do."
The BBC has also contacted Twitter for comments regarding the tweets sent to Christie and is awaiting a response.
Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool are confident they can score in Rome but insists the Italians cannot be ruled out just yet as they try to advance to the final of the Champions League.
Liverpool lead 5-2 after the first leg at Anfield.
READ MORE: Salah stars as Liverpool take control
Jurgen Klopp says there is still work for his Liverpool side to do in Rome if they are to progress to the Champions League final, despite taking a 5-2 lead in the semi-final first leg at Anfield.
Klopp also paid tribute to Mohamad Salah, who scored twice and made two more goals.
READ MORE: Salah stars as Liverpool take control
"I got a lot of texts when I took this job from a lot of very experienced people saying I was a glutton for punishment."
Speaking to BBC One's Football Focus before Blackburn Rovers' last game of the 2016-17 Championship season, Tony Mowbray and his side were staring down the barrel of relegation to League One.
Rovers were an established Premier League club at the start of the decade, but the drop to the third tier rounded off a miserable few years containing countless managers, protests from fans against owners Venky's, expensive transfer failures and spiralling debt.
It was an all-too familiar scenario for a manager who had started that season at another club, in Coventry, with well-publicised ownership and financial issues of their own.
Since his appointment in February 2017 as Rovers' seventh boss in five seasons however, Mowbray has overseen a change in fortunes at Ewood Park.
He has led them back to the second tier at the first time of asking thanks to victory against Doncaster on Tuesday, but how has he turned the club and his own career around?Adapting to the third tier
Former West Bromwich Albion, Celtic and Middlesbrough boss Mowbray joined Blackburn five months after resigning as manager of the Sky Blues.
Blackburn took 22 points from their final 15 Championship matches, more than any other team in the bottom seven, but even that was not enough to survive.
They beat Brentford 3-1 away from home on a frantic final day of the season, but Rovers were relegated to the third tier on goal difference after Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City also won.
An immediate promotion back to the second tier looked a long way away in October when Rovers lost 1-0 at Oldham, leaving them 10th in the table and 12 points off leaders Wigan and second-placed Shrewsbury.
But it was season-defining. Since that defeat, they have lost just once in League One.Tony Mowbray has won 36 of his 68 games in charge of Blackburn Rovers
"I think we've found different ways to win games. We talked early in the season about our defence and we've been playing a little bit deeper and on the counter attack to score in transition since," Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"The Oldham game changed the way we played. We had to be more positive in this league and stop letting teams that weren't as good or had as good players as us have too much of the ball against us.
"After 12 games we were well behind Wigan and Shrewsbury so in the last 30-odd games we accrued a lot of points. It did take some time to acclimatise to the league and the new players needed time to settle in.
"We stepped higher up the pitch and started scoring a lot of goals and that's given us confidence."Rebuilding a disconnect with the fans
Since buying the club in 2010, owners Venky's have had a fractured relationship with Rovers' fan base - heightened during the club's slide from the Premier League to the third tier during their eight years at the helm.
Some Blackburn supporters have protested and organised boycotts against the owners since their arrival and there were fears that the 1994-95 Premier League champions could slip into further financial trouble after their relegation last season.
Local businessmen Ian Battersby and Ian Currie, through their company Seneca Partners, contacted Venky's with a joint-ownership proposal in May 2016 that was rejected, while debts have also risen to more than £100m since the club lost their Premier League status in 2012.
After being given "full support" by Venky's after their relegation, Mowbray may have turned the club's form around, but has he managed to win over the fans with his side's consistent form leading them to promotion?
"He's the first manager in this ownership who's expressed empathy towards the supporters. No one has ever reached out to the extent that Mowbray has," Oliver Jones, vice chairman of the Rovers Trust, told BBC Sport.
"Increasingly since relegation from the Premier League, we've heard less and less from the owners. We finally got lucky with a manager who's taken us up but from a supporters' trust point of view, we've hived off concentrating on the ownership.
"We can't keep having that monkey around our neck and it hanging over us all the time. Promotion is the first major step forward in seven years of ownership but bizarrely it's after 18 months of no noise from them."
Mowbray, meanwhile, is happy that one of his teams have enjoyed a successful campaign, despite the club having a fan base that is hard to please.
"Football is difficult because fans generally expect you to win and (when you lose) the newspapers, the phone-ins and the shows are all negative, whether your budget's the lowest or highest in the league," Mowbray continued.
"But it's actually been nice to be competitive in this division and they've had to step up to the mark."Blackburn fans have protested regularly against owners Venky's, run by the Rao family, throughout their time at the clubRebuilding his career
After the chaos of relegation last season, Mowbray has kept key players and shored up the beleaguered club with some astute signings.
Despite not spending much of the £20m brought in from the sales of Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede, Tom Cairney, Grant Hanley and Shane Duffy in seasons gone by, Mowbray has brought in Gillingham's Bradley Dack for £750,000 as well as striker Dominic Samuel and defender Amari'i Bell to aid their push for promotion.
Dack, who has contributed 18 goals from midfield, was named League One Player of the Year at the English Football League Awards earlier this month.
Mowbray enjoyed success early in his managerial career with Hibernian, guiding the Edinburgh club to back-to-back top-four finishes for the first time in more than 30 years, before winning the Championship title with West Brom in 2008 with a brand of eye-catching football.
But relative failures followed at Celtic and Middlesbrough - both clubs where he had hero status as a player - as well as Coventry, where his side suffered a late-season slump to miss out on promotion from League One in his only full season in charge.
"I've enjoyed the fact that we've had a team with players that can win games. I've managed clubs where realistically it's been very difficult to get into the top two or top six," Mowbray continued.
"I've sat in offices after games and thought 'I wish we had the budget' or 'I wish we had the players' and I've been on the other end of it."Bradley Dack has scored 18 goals in his debut season with Blackburn Rovers after joining from Gillingham'Fans can be proud of Mowbray's team'
Analysis: BBC Radio Lancashire's Andy Bayes
After taking a little while to settle in to life in League One, Rovers fully deserve the position that they find themselves in. One defeat since 14 October in the league is promotion form in anyone's book.
The appointment of Mowbray has brought authority, leadership and a degree of calmness to a club that was crying out for it.
Mowbray oversaw the departures of 12 senior players and replaced them with ones he had either worked with before or been impressed by when he was in charge of Coventry.
He has found a position for Dack to flourish. Experienced players like Danny Graham and Charlie Mulgrew have been crucial to the cause, in Graham's case particularly since the turn of the year.
Mulgrew's 14 goals this season have been the most by a defender in one season in the club's history and if Adam Armstrong scores once more, it would be the first time in 60 years that four players have reached double figures in the same season.
Rovers have had much publicised problems over recent years but Mowbray has created a team that the long-suffering fans can be proud of. Now they are over the line, he will not be settling for just making up the numbers in the second tier.
He has become a very popular manager in a relatively short space of time. Supporters feel that he is sensible and realistic about his objectives for the club and hope that moving back to the Championship is only the start.
The focus might be firmly and fairly fixed on outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but Atletico Madrid are also approaching the end of an era as they head into Thursday's Europa League semi-final first-leg trip to Emirates Stadium.
The Spanish side are facing a summer of change, with iconic forward Fernando Torres definitely leaving and the futures of key men, forward Antoine Griezmann and goalkeeper Jan Oblak, in considerable doubt.
Furthermore, a number of the players who have been fundamental fixtures in Diego Simeone's side for the last few years are approaching the end of their careers, and this Europa League campaign could be the last chance for old favourites like skipper Gabi, 34, right-back Juanfran, 33, central defender Diego Godin, 33, and currently injured left-back Filipe Luis, 32, to add to their trophy haul.
Atletico's ability to compete on an even footing with Barcelona and Real Madrid over the last few years has been admirable, and Simeone's men are on track to hold off city rivals Real and claim a second-place finish in La Liga this season.
But Los Rojiblancos have not won any silverware since the Spanish Super Cup in August 2014, and the ultra-competitive Simeone - whose future at the club currently seems secure despite regular bouts of speculation - is desperate for his troops to end a frustrating sequence of near-misses by lifting the Europa League trophy.
So watch out Arsene… Atletico are determined to spoil your leaving party.The masters of defence Jan Oblak has conceded 23 goals in 43 games this season, keeping 26 clean sheets
Arsenal's biggest challenge will be finding the back of the net, because Atletico's challenge is founded - as it has been throughout the Simeone era, which began in 2011 - on a magnificent defensive record.
After Sunday's goalless draw with Real Betis, they have now kept a remarkable 11 consecutive clean sheets at home, with Girona forward Portu the last visiting player to score at the gleaming new Estadio Wanda Metropolitano more than three months ago.
That sequence includes victories in previous Europa League knockout ties against FC Copenhagen (1-0), Lokomotiv Moscow (3-0) and Sporting Lisbon (2-0).
However, Atletico haven't been anywhere near as watertight away from home, failing to keep a clean sheet in their last eight away games and losing three of the last four. But they still boast the best defensive record in La Liga with just 18 goals conceded in 34 games.
So it's clear that Arsenal need to establish a solid advantage from the first leg, but it won't be easy for Wenger's men to find their way past incredibly consistent goalkeeper Oblak, who did nothing to ease speculation over his future by speaking to the media after Sunday's draw with Betis and stating he doesn't know where he'll be playing next season.
The Slovenia international has been heavily linked with a summer move to Paris St-Germain, who are supposedly not put off by his 100m euros (£87m) buyout clause, with Arsenal and Liverpool also reportedly interested in making Oblak the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
Atletico midfielder Koke has urged his club to give the 25-year-old shot-stopper a "blank cheque" to keep him, but Oblak's lack of public commitment to his future has left many fans resigned to the prospect of losing a player who been a pillar of strength since signing from Benfica in 2014.
In front of Oblak, the back four is marshalled by the no-nonsense 'Row Z'-style defending of the fearless Godin, with rising star Lucas Hernandez - brother of Real Madrid defender Theo - deputising for (and perhaps even displacing) injured Luis at left-back, while dynamic Croatia international Sime Vrsaljko competes with Juanfran for the right-back slot.
So the names might be mostly different from the famous Atletico defences of recent years, but thanks to Simeone's meticulous drilling they are still incredibly difficult to score against. And just to make things even harder, the Argentine boss has said he's considering using an extra centre-back and employing a five-man defence against Arsenal on Thursday.Griezmann's last shot at glory? Antoine Griezmann has scored 161 goals for Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid - but his only trophies are the Segunda Division and Spanish Super Cup
For all the goalscoring exploits of Antoine Griezmann - undoubtedly Atletico's biggest star - over the last few years, the versatile forward has one massive gap on his CV: he has never won a major trophy.
The 27-year-old Frenchman was part of Real Sociedad's second-tier promotion-winning team in 2010, and Atletico won the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid just after he joined in the summer of 2014, but defeats in the Champions League final and European Championship final in 2016 left him waiting for more significant silverware.
Now, it appears, Griezmann's patience has run out and he's decided to boost his chances of taking titles by joining Barcelona, who are very confident of securing his signature by paying his 100m euros (£87m) buyout clause in the summer - even though Simeone has claimed he has not given up hope of persuading him to stay.
Griezmann was close to joining Manchester United for a similar fee last year, but he eventually decided to stick with Atletico as a sign of respect after the club were prevented from recruiting a replacement by a Fifa transfer ban.
Earlier in the season it looked like he was regretting his decision to stay after making a slow start, but he has regained top form since the January arrival of Diego Costa, with the former Chelsea man's muscular approach helping to create space (and tire out opposition defenders) for Griezmann's benefit.
However, that almost certainly won't be the case on Thursday because Costa is struggling to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in the quarter-final against Portuguese side Sporting, although Simeone is confident the powerful forward will be back in time for the second leg.Fond farewell for Torres? Fernando Torres scored his 100th La Liga goal against Levante earlier this month, days after his summer exit was confirmed
The expected absence of Costa makes it more likely that Arsenal fans will see a final outing on English soil for ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who will make an emotional departure from his boyhood club at the end of the season.
Torres is expected to move to the United States or China after Simeone opted not to renew his contract, a decision which the 34-year-old was unhappy with but has reluctantly accepted after receiving reduced playing time this season.
Atletico fans hold an enormous amount of affection for 'El Nino', who first joined the club at the age of 11 and later became a hugely popular captain before embarking upon his seven-year sojourn in England.
In truth, though, Torres has generally been well past his best since he returned to Atletico following a brief spell with AC Milan in January 2015, and he is very unlikely to start on Thursday.
Instead, Griezmann is likely to be partnered by fellow Frenchman Kevin Gameiro, who has never consistently lived up to expectations since arriving from Sevilla for 32m euros (£27m) in the summer of 2016 but who can be a devastating player on the counter-attack thanks to his searing pace.
Another option for the starting line-up is Angel Correa, a skilful player and an outside candidate for Argentina's World Cup squad but Atletico fans would love nothing more than Torres enjoying a last moment of glory by coming off the bench to send his team on their way to a European final.
The way Liverpool ripped Roma apart at Anfield was unlike any football I have ever known.
I have thought the same about Premier League champions Manchester City at times this season, in that they have been playing so well that it does not seem real.
Liverpool have put on some brilliant displays in the Champions League before now in 2017-18 but, when I was watching Jurgen Klopp's side on Tuesday night, I could not comprehend it.
When they went 5-0 up. I was left thinking 'is this really happening?'
It was just so easy for Liverpool for them to play through the Italian side and it was totally contrary to what we are used to seeing in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
With my school of thinking - and I have won the European Cup - that normally doesn't happen at this stage of the competition. It shouldn't do.Salah put Liverpool ahead with a brilliant curling shot into to the top corner. In total he had four efforts at the Roma, all of which were on target, and scored with two of them. He also made two assists for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino
Of course Roma's two late goals have shifted the momentum slightly, because the game ended on a high note for them, not the Reds.
It also adds a question mark for the second leg at Stadio Olimpico on 2 May.
Despite their recent improvement at the back we are still not absolutely sure about Liverpool defensively and maybe there is a small element of doubt about what happens next.
At the same time, I am thinking that, if they get an away goal, it is all over. And you have to fancy Klopp's side to score in Rome, you really do.
Not only are the Reds the highest scorers in this year's Champions League, with 44 goals in 11 games, they will be up against a Roma team that has to push on and come at them.
It is very difficult playing a game where you know you need three goals but an away goal will kill you, especially against a team like Liverpool, whose strength is scoring.
How do Roma set themselves up, needing goals, but knowing what Liverpool's attack can do to them? It is a huge ask for them.'Salah is basically on another planet' 'Standout' Salah wins PFA Player of the Year award
Mohamed Salah's story is Roy of the Rovers stuff. He is having an absolutely outstanding season and it keeps getting better for him.
He has been in spectacular form for months now, then finds himself in the semi-final of the Champions League and playing against his old club.
I just thought Roma would have him absolutely shackled, but obviously they didn't. His two goals and two assists were proof of that.
He is part of a front three that is fit and fast and in, his case, in the form of their lives - in fact, Salah is basically on another planet.How Salah compares with the world's bestPlayerGames playedGoalsAssistsShot conversion rateChances createdShots on targetSalah47431323.898790Ronaldo3942816.2253111Messi50401814.81112127Neymar30281620.599863
I know some people felt Kevin De Bruyne should have won the Player of the Year award but you cannot really argue with the result after seeing Salah put in performances like this one.
The goals keep coming and, with 43 for the season, he is closing in on Ian Rush's record of 47 goals in all competitions in 1983-84, the year I won the European Cup with Liverpool.
Playing with Rushie, it felt like he was going to score every time he got a sight of goal - like Salah is now.
Firmino was outstanding on Tuesday night too. Since Coutinho went, he has been unbelievable. He has been obviously been in the shadows of Salah, but what a player he has been.
Some fans have been moaning abut Mane's form, saying he is not doing this or that - but he only looks ordinary in comparison to the other two, and the standards they are setting.
Put that trio together, and I cannot think of a better front three I have seen in British football.'Roma's record means fans are unsure'
Tuesday's game was a little bit Klopp-ish with the way Liverpool left everyone breathless with a burst of attacks and scored five goals in less than 40 minutes, before they had a couple of wobbles.
Then everyone was suddenly thinking about getting through the second leg rather than enjoying how special this display was.
But if you had offered Liverpool the chance to win by three clear goals before the game, everyone would have said what a fantastic result. I am sure Bayern Munich would take that outcome against Real Madrid in Wednesday's semi-final.
It is just because of the way the Liverpool-Roma game, and the goals, went that leaves people thinking 'hold on, I'm not sure'.Roma recovered from losing 4-1 to Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final, winning the return 3-0 to reach the last four
Roma's record plays a part too. They beat Barcelona 3-0 at home to overturn a 4-1 deficit in the quarter-finals and you could argue it would be one of the biggest results in the history of European football if they did it again against Liverpool too.
It would be a disaster if Liverpool went out now but if I was part of this Reds team, and heading for Rome with a 5-2 aggregate lead, I would be confident of making progress.
I can understand if Liverpool fans are a little bit apprehensive because they conceded so early on in the second leg against City, who should have been 2-0 up by half-time of that game.
Will Roma get chances? Absolutely. Are they as good as City? No.
But that does not mean Liverpool can take anything for granted about getting through the second leg and reaching the final on 26 May'Why Reds do not lack belief under Klopp' There's still work to do in Rome - Klopp
I was expecting Roma to be a lot better defensively at Anfield but they still gave Liverpool a scare before the Reds took control of the tie.
With the score at 0-0, Loris Karius let Aleksandar Kolarov's shot through his hands and on to the bar - if that goes in, it is a real game-changer - the whole night is very different.
As a player, when you are in big games and think you have got away with something like Liverpool did there, you start thinking that you are going to win.
I don't think belief is much of a problem for this Liverpool side anyway, though, because Klopp is like their 12th man - he gives them this absolute total belief that they can do anything.
He also has them playing 100% the way he wants - with the gegenpress and their runs in behind the opposition defence, they are searching for a weak link all of the time. Every team has one, and at the moment Liverpool seem to be able to find it.
Would I say that Real or Bayern are brilliant defensively? No.
In the games where Liverpool have scored lots of goals, they have also totally dominated the ball.
Bayern and Real are used to doing that every week so, looking forward, possession will be the key if Klopp's team make it to Kiev - they should do from here.
Mark Lawrenson was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.
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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have suffered a "really bad" injury during Tuesday's 5-2 Champions League win against Roma, says manager Jurgen Klopp.
The England international, 24, was taken off on a stretcher in the 15th minute after appearing to hurt his knee when challenging Aleksandar Kolarov.
"It's probably a really bad injury," Klopp told BT Sport.
"If you can say that already before the scan then it's never good news."
Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed an impressive debut season for Liverpool since joining from Arsenal for £35m last August.
He has made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.
A long-term injury could put in doubt his availability for this summer's World Cup, which gets under way on 15 June.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain during the semi-final first leg, said: "I just spoke with him in the dressing room and what the manager said is difficult.
"We still have to see how bad it is. I hope it will not be that bad and he can still go to the World Cup."
Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold says the players will be determined to reach the Champions League final for the midfielder, if his injury is serious.
"Obviously we're all gutted for him," he said.
"If he can't play, we'll be looking to secure the place in the final for him and the other lads who can't be involved."
Mohamed Salah was named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday. Two days later, he established himself as one of the best in Europe. Next step: the world?
On a memorable European night at Anfield, the Egyptian scored twice and made two more goals as Liverpool routed Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
He now has 43 goals in 47 appearances this season - a record that does not look out of place next to the elite attacking players in the game: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
And there have been calls for him to be the next winner of the most prestigious individual accolade in world football.
"You've got to give him the Ballon d'Or," former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC Radio 5 live following Salah's second goal on Tuesday. "He is that good.
"Never mind the PFA Player of the Year, just give him the Ballon d'Or."
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who was nominated for the award in 1996, described Salah as a "phenomenal player".
"The form and confidence he's in at the minute, to have the class and style to score those goals just speaks measures of the man," Fowler told BBC Radio 5 live.
"The man we all talked about before the game; the man for the big occasion."
And those big occasions keep on coming. If Liverpool can finish the job in Rome, a Champions League final in Kiev beckons.
Just weeks later, Salah will take his talents to the global stage, when he spearheads Egypt's attack at the World Cup in Russia.The stats which keep getting better
Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, Barcelona frontman Messi and Paris St-Germain attacker Neymar are considered by most to be the best three footballers in the world, but how have they fared this season when compared to Salah?PlayerGames playedGoalsAssistsShot conversion rateChances createdShots on targetSalah47431323.898790Ronaldo3942816.2253111Messi50401814.81112127Neymar30281620.599863'He is world class' - Klopp
Speaking after Tuesday's game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Salah is "world class" but might not be the best in the world just yet.
"To be the best in the world maybe you have to do it for a longer period," said Klopp.
"His first goal is a genius strike, he's scored a couple like that. The second goal was also great play.
"He is in outstandingly good shape. He is a fantastic player that we are really happy to have. What a player!"
Salah joined the Reds for £34m in the summer from Roma, but Klopp would not acknowledge Tuesday's result could have been different had the winger stayed put.
"If Neymar didn't go to PSG, then Phil Coutinho is still here. It's just if, if, if," said Klopp.
Speaking on BT Sport, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said Salah is the "best player on the planet right now".'Magical' - Pundits' reaction to sensational night
Commentator Alan Green on Radio 5 live: "I should be ashamed to take money for working tonight. Thank you."
Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman on BT Sport: "It's just like a stroll in the park. I'm amazed by this performance tonight. It's absolutely unbelievable! You just can't believe it!"
BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty: "Sadio Mane may have let Roma escape but there was no chance of Mo Salah making the same mistake - two bits of magical finishing from the Egyptian."
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Oh Mo. Oh My."
BBC World Service reporter John Bennett: "If Mohamed Salah keeps this up he's playing himself into Ballon d'Or contention. And Nobel prize contention. And Pulitzer Prize contention. And Turner Prize contention."Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was also in awe of Salah
Robbie Savage on Radio 5 live: "Salah has been the best player on the park. Two massive goals, a couple of assists. A standing ovation against his former side, what a player, what a man. Looks like he has put one foot in the final for Liverpool."
BBC Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas on Twitter: "Wow, all you can eat buffet at Anfield tonight - what an amazing performance by Liverpool!"
Radio 5 live's European Football Show host Mina Rzouki: "I never imagined Salah was capable of this when he was at Roma. He has truly developed into a sensation at Liverpool and under Klopp. As for Firmino, wow!"
Former Liverpool and Roma defender John Arne Riise on Twitter: "The work-rate and intensity of the Liverpool team is insane! They just don't stop. The front three are destroying the Roma defence, who can't cope with the pace and movements."Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt was also celebrating on Twitter'The greatest match I've seen in 30 years at Anfield' - Reds fans react
Chris Williams: I've been coming to this old stadium for 30 years, both for work and pleasure and this is without doubt the greatest match I've ever seen.
Gumbo: Only one word describes watching Mo Salah play football: joy.
Tom: What a goal! Salah really is football's success story of the season.
Reece: Don't think I've ever loved a footballer as much as I love Mo Salah right now. The guy is a king. Not just an Egyptian one. But a King of Liverpool.
Si: That is why he is player of the year.
Pepe: Salah! I just hit my head on the ceiling and I've got 12ft ceilings! I'm only 5ft 9in. Salah, what a strike!
Nii: Please could someone check... is Mo Salah human. Wow, what a goal.
Curt: Mohammed Salah Football Club. That is all... Mohammed Salah Football Club. That is all.
Khanyile: Mo Salah is simply outstanding, even if you don't support Liverpool you just gotta love him, he is joy to watch, and his humility makes him even more likeable.
Shebab Khan: NEW: Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their third child Mo Salah.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he and his father have initiated "proceedings for libel and defamation" against ex-Belgium boss Marc Wilmots.
In an interview with Qatar-based beIn Sports, Wilmots said he was told Courtois' father had leaked team selections during the 2016 European Championship.
Courtois said on Instagram: "Mr Wilmots - not for the first time - reiterates publicly and intentionally (makes) accusations against my honour and my reputation."
He added: "As well as my father, we decided together to file a complaint accompanied by criminal indemnification proceedings for libel and defamation."
Belgium number one Courtois has won 54 caps for his country, who have been drawn in Group G alongside England, Tunisia and Panama at this summer's World Cup in Russia.
Wilmots was dismissed as Belgium boss after their Euro 2016 exit to Wales.