Salah stars as superb Liverpool take control against Roma

Mohamed Salah

One other Mohamed Salah masterclass helped Liverpool take management of their Champions League semi-final – however two late Roma away targets gave the Italian facet a glimmer of hope for the second leg.

Liverpool, who final reached the ultimate in 2007, repeatedly breached the guests’ naively excessive defensive position and scored 5 instances within the opening 68 minutes at a raucous Anfield.

Salah, who has now scored 43 targets since his summer time transfer from Roma, scored twice and assisted two different targets.

He curled his first into the highest nook from the sting of the field – then clipped the ball over Alisson for a second.

Salah then ran down the appropriate and squared for Sadio Mane to make it Three-Zero – earlier than doing the identical to arrange Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool then turned solely the second group to attain 5 targets in a Champions League semi-final match when Firmino headed in James Milner’s nook.

Along with his facet main 5-Zero, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp took off Salah – and Roma gave themselves an opportunity for subsequent week’s return leg on the Stadio Olimpico.

First Edin Dzeko lashed house from Radja Nainggolan’s go, then Diego Perotti put a penalty into the highest proper nook after Milner dealt with Nainggolan’s shot.

And Roma want solely look to the final spherical for inspiration – they misplaced the primary leg in Barcelona Four-1 earlier than successful Three-Zero in Italy to progress on away targets.

A repeat of the latter scoreline this time would take them into the ultimate towards Bayern Munich or Actual Madrid.

Previous to Roma’s late targets, the one bitter observe for Liverpool was the sight of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving the sphere on a stretcher. Klopp mentioned later the England midfielder “most likely had a very dangerous harm”.

Salah’s biggest second but?

Liverpool celebrations

When Salah moved to Anfield final summer time for £34m after two good seasons for Roma, no one may have predicted what would observe.

The Egypt winger has scored 43 targets in 48 video games for Liverpool – a median of 1 each 87 minutes – and is the Premier League’s high scorer.

He has netted in his previous seven video games – together with 4 targets towards Watford, and one in each legs of the Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester Metropolis. On Sunday, he was named Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.

However it has all been main as much as this evening at Anfield.

Roma had no reply to their former participant, who opened the scoring off the underside of the bar after Jordan Henderson gained the ball from Dzeko, and Mane and Firmino mixed to seek out Salah.

His second got here when he discovered Firmino from the midway line, then ran ahead to latch onto his team-mate’s go earlier than lifting the ball over Roma keeper Alisson, thought of top-of-the-line on the earth. He didn’t have a good time both objective.

Salah then took benefit of Roma’s excessive defending to get in down the appropriate, maybe from an offside place, earlier than discovering the beforehand wasteful Mane as Liverpool began to cruise.

He then rolled a ball throughout the six-yard field for Firmino to attain.

With the tie seemingly gained, Salah got here off to a standing ovation when he was changed by Danny Ings with 15 minutes left.

However he may want to attain once more in Rome after the guests’ late rally.

Rampant Reds take pleasure in one other well-known Anfield evening

Liverpool fans

The Reds, who’ve gained the European Cup or Champions League 5 instances, have been crushed by AC Milan of their final ultimate look.

With no facet having gone by way of from 5-Zero down on the finish of the primary leg in any European competitors, Klopp will likely be irritated they’ve given Roma that little little bit of hope.

For an hour they have been chic, and will have scored eight or 9 targets.

After an excellent opening 20 minutes for Roma, Liverpool began to choose them aside and had already missed a number of good possibilities earlier than Salah’s opener.

Mane blazed two nice possibilities over the bar from Firmino passes – first when he ran from close to the midway line earlier than capturing over, then from a cut-back.

The Senegal striker then had a objective rightly dominated out for offside from Andrew Robertson’s cross. Between Salah’s targets, Dejan Lovren missed a wonderful likelihood when he headed towards the crossbar from shut vary.

However as soon as Liverpool refined their ending, Roma regarded terrified each time the hosts acquired the ball.

And even after the guests’ late double, Liverpool will fancy their possibilities of being in Kiev for the ultimate on Saturday, 26 Could.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Roma rally offers them hope

Roma regarded down and out after 80 minutes – with the one actual query showing to be whether or not they would concede once more.

That they had the sport’s first likelihood when Aleksandar Kolarov’s 20-yard drive was weakly touched onto the bar by Loris Karius, who was fortunate to not flip it into his personal web.

They regarded completely out of concepts and hope in the direction of the tip, when out of the blue Nainggolan’s ball excessive discovered Dzeko, who smashed the ball house. It regarded like it might simply be a comfort, however out of the blue it was a brand new match.

Nainggolan, who had been pretty quiet, had a shot from outdoors the field which Milner dealt with earlier than Perotti, a substitute, stroked the ball into the alternative nook of the identical objective Salah had discovered to begin the mayhem.

Liverpool have been hanging on at this stage and Roma virtually had a 3rd when Dzeko shot over from distance and Nainggolan’s shot was deflected broad.

Man of the match – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah

Match stats – joint highest-scoring semi-final

  • Liverpool are solely the second facet in Champions League historical past to attain 5 targets in a semi-final match (additionally Ajax in 1995, 5-2 v Bayern Munich).
  • This recreation produced the joint most targets of any Champions League semi-final match.
  • Roma have gained simply considered one of their previous 15 away Champions League video games (D5 L9).
  • Liverpool are the primary facet in Champions League historical past to have three gamers rating eight or extra targets in a single season within the competitors (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mane eight).
  • The 10 targets scored by Salah and Firmino are essentially the most by Liverpool gamers in a single season in European competitors.
  • Salah has netted 43 targets in all competitions this season – solely Ian Rush in 1983-84 (47) has scored extra in a single marketing campaign for Liverpool.
  • Salah’s haul is essentially the most by any participant in all competitions in Europe’s high 5 leagues this season.
  • He has scored in every of his previous 5 Champions League begins for Liverpool, one thing solely Steven Gerrard had beforehand finished.
  • Solely Cristiano Ronaldo (18) has been immediately concerned in additional Champions League targets this season than Firmino (16, 10 targets, 6 assists).
  • Milner has supplied 9 assists within the Champions League this season (together with qualifiers), a brand new report. Wayne Rooney (2013-14) and Neymar (2016-17) assisted eight every in a marketing campaign.

What’s subsequent?

The second leg of this tie is subsequent Wednesday, 2 Could (19:45 BST) – however each side are in league motion on Saturday.

Liverpool host Stoke Metropolis at 12:30 BST. Roma, who’re battling to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League, are at house to Chievo later that day (17:00 BST).



  • 1Karius
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 39minutes
  • 6LovrenBooked at 74minutes
  • Fourvan Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 21Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forWijnaldumat 18′minutes
  • 14HendersonBooked at 85minutes
  • 7Milner
  • 11SalahSubstituted forIngsat 75′minutes
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forKlavanat 90+Three’minutes
  • 19Mané


  • 2Clyne
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 22Mignolet
  • 28Ings
  • 29Solanke


  • 1Ramses Becker
  • 20FazioBooked at 88minutes
  • 44Manolas
  • 5Nunes JesusBooked at 26minutesSubstituted forPerottiat 67′minutes
  • 24Florenzi
  • 16De RossiSubstituted forGonalonsat 67′minutes
  • 6Strootman
  • 11Kolarov
  • 17ÜnderSubstituted forSchickat 45′minutes
  • FourNainggolan
  • 9Dzeko


  • 7Pellegrini
  • eightPerotti
  • 14Schick
  • 21Gonalons
  • 25da Silva Peres
  • 28Skorupski
  • 92El Shaarawy
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Match Stats

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Match ends, Liverpool 5, Roma 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, Roma 2.

Federico Fazio (Roma) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ings (Liverpool).


Substitution, Liverpool. Ragnar Klavan replaces Roberto Firmino.

Try missed. Federico Fazio (Roma) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Alessandro Florenzi with a cross following a nook.

Nook, Roma. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Try blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Patrik Schick.

Hand ball by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).


Federico Fazio (Roma) is proven the yellow card.

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Foul by Maxime Gonalons (Roma).

Try missed. Diego Perotti (Roma) proper footed shot from the left facet of the six yard field misses to the left. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a cross.

Try missed. Edin Dzeko (Roma) left footed shot from outdoors the field is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.


Purpose! Liverpool 5, Roma 2. Diego Perotti (Roma) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the highest proper nook.


Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) is proven the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by James Milner (Liverpool) with a hand ball within the penalty space.

Try blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.

Try saved. Edin Dzeko (Roma) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Try missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) proper footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.


Purpose! Liverpool 5, Roma 1. Edin Dzeko (Roma) proper footed shot from the centre of the field to the highest left nook. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan with a by way of ball.

Hand ball by Kevin Strootman (Roma).

Offside, Roma. Edin Dzeko tries a by way of ball, however Diego Perotti is caught offside.

Delay over. They’re able to proceed.


Substitution, Liverpool. Danny Ings replaces Mohamed Salah.

Delay in match Kevin Strootman (Roma) due to an harm.


Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

Edin Dzeko (Roma) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Try saved. Patrik Schick (Roma) header from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Diego Perotti with a cross.

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a by way of ball, however Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Try blocked. Diego Perotti (Roma) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan with a cross.

Nook, Roma. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.


Purpose! Liverpool 5, Roma Zero. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a nook.

Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Maxime Gonalons.


Substitution, Roma. Diego Perotti replaces Juan Jesus.


Substitution, Roma. Maxime Gonalons replaces Daniele De Rossi.

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

Kevin Strootman (Roma) wins a free kick within the defensive half.


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