Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma: 5 Talking Points
Liverpool put up a show of brilliant attacking football as Mohamed Salah tormented his former side with two goals and two assists.
Score: Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma
Goalscorers: Mohamed Salah 36', 44', Sadio Mane 56', Roberto Firmino 61', 69'; Edin Dzeko 81', Diego Perotti 85'
Wow! That is the first reaction everyone must have had at the final whistle. The first leg of the semifinal between Liverpool and AS Roma had everything - goals, drama and an unexpected end to the game. Liverpool plundered five past a hapless Roma defence but conceded two crucial away goals in the space of five minutes.
Mohamed Salah (who else?) gave Liverpool the lead with a stunning curling effort past Alisson and then doubled his tally with a well-timed run and a perfect dink past the keeper. The Egyptian then provided two goals on the platter for his partners in crime - Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to make it four on the night. Firmino added the fifth after heading home from a James Milner corner.
It seemed all done and dusted for AS Roma but a mistake from Dejan Lovren allowed Dzeko through on goal who made it 5-1. Roma then received a penalty in the dying stages of the game after Milner's block was judged as handball. Diego Perotti made no mistake from the spot to give Roma two previous away goals.
A game of this stature and after this astonishing result will surely have a lot to be discussed upon. So without further ado, let's analyze this match in further detail and dissect the key talking points that emerged from Liverpool's 5-2 win over AS Roma:
#5 AS Roma show their best and worst side in the first half
Starting in a 3-4-2-1 formation that stormed past FC Barcelona in the quarterfinals, AS Roma did surprise Liverpool with their start to the game. The Giallorossi pressed Liverpool high up the field and were not giving any time on the ball to Liverpool's defenders or midfielders to provide the service to the forwards.
The plan was working brilliantly as Jurgen Klopp's men could not play their natural game until the 25th minute. Until Liverpool created their first real chance of the match (when Sadio Mane skyed a one on one chance), the home team was the second-best side on the field.
But as soon as Liverpool found their footing, AS Roma strangely looked a different unit. The side that was dominating Liverpool at their own game were now looking second best in every 50/50 duel and giving far too much space to none other than Mo Salah.
It resulted in two quickfire goals from Liverpool and set the tone for the rest of the first leg.