Liverpool: The stage has not been this large at Anfield for a long time as the Reds have reached the Semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after a very long time and the supporters voiced their enthusiasm very well but the gladiators from Rome were expecting this sort of reception and were ready to face it.
Straight from kick off both Liverpool and Roma played with high intensity and started pressuring the defence high up in the pitch. It was the visitors that won more loose balls and second chances and even rattled the post with a Kolarov shot, it was that hit on the post that woke the home side up. Captain Henderson started winning tackles and interception and rallied the team to play with more vigor which is exactly what they did after Mane came close to scoring on two chances with just minutes intervalling them, the first one was when he broke free of his marker using his power and pace but shot wide with just the goal keeper to beat and the second one where hoisted the ball upwards after a delightful ball from Salah. The Egyptian however decided to take matters into his own hands and with the wave of momentum on his side curled a goal into the top corner and minutes later secured his second after a cool chip over Allyson. The relentless Liverpool did not stop there as it was Salah who provided Mane with his first and the third of the night and just minutes later gave the same to Firminho who almost had a telepathic connection with his partners in crime during the entirety of the match. Firminho was rewarded again for his excellence when he met a corner and netted Liverpool’s fifth goal in under 70 minutes. Liverpool let their foot off the gas and allowed Roma to bring the attack to them which gained fruition as Dzeko slotted in a well needed away goal and minutes before stoppage time, Roma were again rewarded for their hard work as they were given a deserved penalty and ended the night with 2 goals in their pockets.
Usually a score line of 5-2 is almost written off, as a comeback seems very unlikely but if you were to say this to a Barcelona fan he might have a different opinion. Roma fully know the importance of away goals and will be hoping lightning strikes again and can pull of another miracle in Rome but the threat of Salah and men is ever looming and they simply cannot afford to throw men forward. Liverpool have played an impressive game but should not get carried away and stay focused for the second leg.