Liverpool’s incredible Champions League run led them into the ‘final four’ of the competition following a comprehensive quarter-final win against Manchester City but faced a massive test tonight at Anfield versus AS Roma – the Serie A side who knocked out the favourites Barcelona last round following an incredible 3-0 win at Stadio Olimpico.
It was the visitors who enjoyed a bright start and almost netted when Aleksandar Kolarov’s long-range strike was not dealt properly by Loris Karius and hit the woodwork. Sadio Mane missed a couple of glorious opportunities on the counter but it allowed the Reds to dominate the game and win the possession back repeatedly in the middle of the park. But it was the former Roma man who continued his majestic form and scored two outrageous goals to earn his side a 2-0 lead prior to the break.
Liverpool were in full control and the red-hot Egyptian assisted Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to make it 4-0. The rampant Reds scored again when Firmino headed home from Milner’s corner and a 5-0 lead seemed to be good enough to secure a place in the final despite next week’s away outing. But the game had a massive twist as the Reds lost their control in closing minutes and the visitors hit back via Edin Dzeko. They scored again when Milner’s handball inside the box earned Roma a spot-kick and Diego Perotti made no mistake to convert it from the spot. The game, therefore, ended 5-2 at Anfield and the Italian giant killers now need to replicate a similar show as they did against Barcelona and another 3-0 win will be enough for them to make it to the final.
Liverpool vs AS Roma Lineups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Georginio Wijnaldum 18′), James Milner, Mohamed Salah (Danny Ings 75′), Roberto Firmino (Ragnar Klavan 90′ +), Sadio Mane.
AS Roma: Alisson Becker, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Juan Jesus (Diego Perotti 67′), Alessandro Florenzi, Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi (Maxime Gonalons 67′), Radja Nainggolan, Aleksandar Kolarov, Cengiz Under (Patrik Schick 46′), Edin Dzeko.
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