3 things AS Roma got wrong in 5-2 defeat to Liverpool
We take a look at what went wrong for AS Roma as they are thumped by Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal
It was s Mo' Salah masterclass at Anfield as the famous fab three of Liverpool thumped AS Roma by five goals to two. Salah struck twice in the first half against his former club to start off proceedings for the Merseysiders.
He then set up Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino inside the first 15 minutes of the second half and it looked like the Romans were going to get swept away and utterly dismantled by the end of the night.
Firmino would score again in the 69th minute to extend the lead to a dastardly 5-0.
However, Jurgen Klopp decided to take Salah off and Liverpool switched off for a bit and that cost them two very important goals-- Dzeko pulled one back in the 81st minute before Perotti slotted home from the spot in the 85th-- which means that if AS Roma can replicate the heroics from the Barcelona rout, in the second leg, they can still march on to the finals.
But it was not AS Roma's night and let's take a look at the three things they got wrong in their defeat at Anfield:
#3 Roma start off well but fail to capitalise on the momentum
Roma pegged Liverpool back into their defensive half right from the get-go. Eusebio Di Francesco's men were pressing high up the pitch and forcing the Liverpool defenders to take the aerial route, thereby starving Salah and co. of precious service.
They even kept it up for a good 25 odd minutes and it looked like Liverpool were not going to have their way in their own yard.
However, once the attackers started to grow a bit weary, Liverpool shifted gears and Salah proved once again why he is one of the best finishers in the world right now with two delightful goals.
Roma should have gone for the kill and got a goal in the first half and piled the pressure on Liverpool.
They failed to do so when they had the momentum and paid the price for it as Klopp's men showed no mercy and raked in five goals inside the next 40 odd minutes.