Roma vs Liverpool: Player Ratings
Score: Roma 4-2 Liverpool
Aggregate: Roma 6-7 Liverpool
One of the most ludicrously entertaining ties in Champions League history ended 6-7 on aggregate for Liverpool - a victory brought about by their half-hour blitzkrieg at Anfield. The return leg at the Olimpico was dominated by Roma but Liverpool got the result they were looking for, and in the end, that's what matters
We rate the performances of the individuals in relation to the game at hand, but also keeping the wider context in mind.
GK: Alisson Becker - 6/10
Couldn't have done much about the two finishes that were coolly tucked past him - and had little else to (apart from a decent save of Mane late in the first half).. but gets points deducted for having induced a collective cardiac arrest in the Olimpico trying - and almost failing - to dribble his way past Mohamed Salah at the edge of his own area.
RB: Alessandro Florenzi - 5/10
Was ripped apart by Mane and Firmino for the first goal - hardly his fault - but was decent enough at the back. Had a couple of his trademark long-rangers but just couldn't find the target. His usually excellent crossing was poor today.
CB: Kostas Manolas - 6/10
Like his mates in the back four, he had little do all night except for bursts of random Liverpool attacks - and did well to stop most of them with a healthy mixture of fifty-fifty challenges, do-or-die blocks, and neat interceptions. Was, though, lucky to escape conceding a penalty early on when he unceremoniously shoved Sadio Mane over in the box.
CB: Federico Fazio - 7/10
Kept Salah all day - and this season's that's not been the easiest thing in the world to do. Didn't do much wrong and was forceful in moving the ball forward with intent. Read above for what he was up to all night (except for the penalty incident - Fazio was much cleaner in his tackling)
LB: Aleksander Kolarov - 5/10
Roughed up Mohamed Salah at every opportunity - getting plenty of love for it from the Olimpico faithful in the process - but was unusually errant moving forward. He'll be happy with his defending, and his energy.. but his usually reliable left peg deserted him on occasion and that's just not acceptable
RCM: Lorenzo Pellegrini (subbed off 53') - 6/10
His energy and dynamism helped Roma heap on early pressure on a nervous Liverpool backline, but once the 2nd Liverpudlian goal went in he (along with most of his teammates to be fair) allowed his head to drop and was never really the same influence post that.
CM: Daniele de Rossi (subbed off 69') - 8/10
Was imperious in midfield, running the show with that clever mix of metronomic passing and deep, searching balls. One particular ball into Under's feet inside the box (the Turk mis-timed his shot) deserves to be played over and over again in the mind's eye - and twitter - but as has been the story of his career, his brilliance will be forgotten in the overall context of the game.
LCM: Radja Nainggolan - 5/10
A loose pass that allowed Liverpool to sink hearts with the opening goal, horribly miscued skiers, delightful teasing crosses into the box from across the box, a smack from outside the box that left Karius with no chance and one of the most powerfully hit penalties you'll ever see to close it all out. Radja Nainggolan had a rather eventful night!
That loose pass, though. The stuff of nightmares.
RW: Patrick Schick - 6/10
The young Czech striker started slowly but slowly started showing the watching world what the fuss was about. Was full of clever, direct, running, incessant shooting and continued to combine well with Edin Dzeko - but his finishing was a touch of the mark and he'll look to learn from this day... the value of taking your chances.
CF: Edin Dzeko - 7/10
The big Bosnian was a relentless migraine for the Liverpool defence, bullying the across the area, killing passes dead with ridiculously velvet first-touches, turning and shooting, running and shooting, standing and shooting at every given opportunity. His goal was a well taken one, and he was unlucky not to get a penalty - but he'll know in the back of his head that had he been on his A-game (in terms of finishing), this tie would have been Roma's.
LW: Stephane El Sharaawy (subbed off 75') - 6/10
The Original 'Pharoah' showed glimpses of his undoubted talent but was, for the most part, frustrating - the story of his career. Got in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold plenty of times in the opening exchanges and fashioned many a chance but as the game wore his influenced kept waning. As the ever-astute Sunaadh Sagar noted, El Sharaawy looked confused as to what exactly his role was and that showed in the output
Cengiz Under (subbed on 53') - 5/10
The young Turk, so disappointing in Anfield, wasn't much better tonight. Got into the right places - but missed too many presentable chances. Was lucky to win a penalty in the dying minutes after miscontrolling a beautiful ball inside the box, right in front of the keeper.
Maxime Gonalons (subbed on 69') - 4/10
Didn't do much at all.
Mirko Antonucci (subbed on 75') - 5/10
The 19-year-old Romand was thrown on as a hail mary by Eusebio Di Francesco but didn't really have the time to settle down and show the world what he's capable of.