UCL: Liverpool 5-Roma 2: REDS in commanding lead going to Rome.
Whatever you do, do not miss the 2nd Leg of Roma vs Liverpool as the Olympic Stadium next week, will surely be another scene for Champions League Drama. 5-0 up until the 80th Minute when Edin Dzeko Pulled one back to make it 5-1 Liverpool looked well and Truly out of sight. There was no Stopping Mohammed Salah and his two other strike Partners Mane and Firminio.
But until this minute i still think Substituting Salah was mistake. He can play 90mins for crying out loud ..leave him out there to cause max damage. The truth for me was that as soon as he left the pitch the team lost an edge. There will be doubts, some recriminations come the second leg and rightly so – after gifting Roma two late goals at here but the boys are just going to have to find a way to score against a team that has not conceded a goal at home in this season’s Champions league.
Salah scores his second of the Night,
The return in Rome will be a test for Liverpool now.
Are Liverpool are far too good to toss away a 5-2 lead? we will surely find out.
Salah had put Liverpool into a commanding 2-0 lead by half time and then wreaked havoc in the second.
He ended the night with two more assists, setting up Sadio Mane to make it 3-0 and then touching the ball in for the very Under-rated Firmino to score the fourth.
Firmino, outstanding alongside Salah, headed Liverpool’s fifth beyond Allison when he connected with James Milner’s 69th minute corner.
This was Salah at his ruthless, intimidating, brilliant best.
Dzeko Gives Roma hope at 5-1
The newly-crowned PFA player of the year scored his first with a beauty off his left boot 36 minutes into this tie.
When he scored again, nonchalantly flicking Firmino’s through-ball beyond Allison, he was in the hunt for a hat-trick.
In the end he settled for two assists.
Salah, facing his former Roma team-mates for the first time since his move to Liverpool last summer, is walking with the giants of the game now.
He is closing in on Lionel Messi, closing in on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Salah, with 43 goals for the season, is not quite there just yet. But he is not far behind. What a game changer he is and Roma will do well to wath him closer than they did Messi if they want to progress in Rome next week.
That first goal was sublime,Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane were all chasing the opening goal when Salah struck from the left.
It was a goal of haunting beauty, pinging off his left peg in super slo-mo after he cut in from the left.
He picked his spot, bending his effort beyond the reach of Roma’s highly-fancied keeper.
It set Liverpool on their way, with Jurgen Klopp pumping his fist on the touchline and demanding more from these Liverpool players.
He got it.
Salah responded, with Firmino setting it all up when these red men broke down another Roma attack at high-speed.
These boys switch positions at will, racing into different areas of the pitch as they carved open this leaky Roma defence with another counter.
That movement, that deceptive pace, made all the difference.
Jurgen Klopp called this just right, adopting the same unrelenting tactics that unseated Manchester City in the first leg of the quarter final at Anfield.
They were rewarded with another big result when Salah repaid Firmino for his first half assists by picking him out after 61 minutes.
By then they had scored a third, with Mane getting on the scoresheet after fluffing his lines in the first half.
Firmino scored the fifth, rising unchallenged above Roma’s leaden-footed defence to direct a header beyond Allison.
what a 2nd leg it promises to be..cant wait