Liverpool vs AS Roma: 5 Key battles that could decide the outcome
The race for the Champions League final heats up as Liverpool take on Roma in the first semi final.
In September, when the Champions League season started nobody could have predicted that Liverpool and Roma would be fighting for a spot in Kiev. The two sides have shocked the football fraternity, but what lies ahead a strong test of character.
For the first time in 34 years, Roma have reached the Champions League semifinals. On their hand is the mighty Jurgen Klopp army led by the former Roma talisman Mohamed Salah.
Both the teams qualified in the semi-final by knocking out two favourites of the tournament, and now will they will be looking to clinch a berth in the finale of this season's Champions League.
Let us look at the five main factors that could decide the fate of the tie.
#5 Mohamed Salah vs the Roma defence
Roma completed one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Champions League when they beat Barcelona on away goals. One focal point to observe was how they stopped Lionel Messi over the two legs. Mo Salah will be a similar test.
In the first leg, Roma played with a 4-3-3 setup, but in the second leg, it was a 3-4-3 formation which did the damage to Barcelona. This formation kind of nullified Messi, and did the trick for Roma. They can have a similar approach against Mo Salah. Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio will have a tough time against the Egyptian. The positioning of the defenders will be critical as the team from Rome love to keep a high defensive line when they are attacking.
The recently crowned PFA player of the year will be having an emotional tie as he would playing his former club in the semi-finals. He recently equalled the record for the most number goals in a Premier League season.
He has already scored 41 goals this season but all of this would be irrelevant if he does not help his team get past Roma and reach the finals. The Egyptian star has been in superb form, he will be looking to score against his former team and knock them out of the Champions League.