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3 Things Roma need to do to beat Liverpool and reach the Champions League final

Anirudh Menon
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Liverpool v A.S. Roma - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
Liverpool v A.S. Roma - UEFA Champions League Semi Final - can EdF outsmart Klopp?

First Leg Score: Liverpool 5 - 2 Roma

Mohammed Salah led a brilliant evisceration of Roma that saw him walk off the Anfield pitch to one of the loudest rounds of applause the grand ol' stadium has seen and with the scorecard reading 5-0. Game, set, match then... till the last 10 minutes when Liverpool inexplicably imploded and hanged on for dear life - conceding 2 goals that could just make the difference in the tie.

Hanging on to that glimmer, we outline three things Roma could to do to beat Liverpool...

#3 Drop deeper, and play a flat-ish back five

Liverpool v A.S. Roma - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One
Kostas Manolas was woefully isolated at times

The Romans started the game like they did against Barcelona in the second leg, a 3-5-2 with a high, high line, pressing the opponents back, packing midfield and stopping Liverpool from playing through the middle. This worked for 20 odd minutes till Liverpool suddenly remembered who they had up top. Playing simple balls long, in-behind the Roman defence, Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane absolutely smashed them with a combination of raw pace and intelligent movement... the higher the line went, the more Roma suffered.

This tactic had worked against Barcelona because neither Luis Suarez nor Leo Messi had the pace, or the type of game, to run in behind Roma. Eusebio Di Francesco might well decide to drop his line deeper; make sure the line remains a flat five. Florenzi and Kolarov went missing in action at Anfield, and it proved costly every time - and at any given point in time at least one of them need to be back there to ensure Roman defenders outnumber Liverpudlian forwards. There's no point in Roma scoring 3 goals if they concede any at the other end - and a solid defence is where it all should start.

Make Italy proud, Eusebio.

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