The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-London
LIVERPOOL continued their remarkable Champions League campaign with a 5-2 dismantling of Roma on Tuesday night.
Mohamed Salah put in a world-class performance on the big stage with two goals and two assists and both Roma goals arrived once he had been substituted.
The Egyptian superstar refused to celebrate the strikes against his former club, who signed him from Chelsea in 2015. But the damage he did to them in this tie may be irreparable in next week’s second leg.
His first goal was out of the top drawer and into the top corner, firing the ball from his inside right position past helpless goalkeeper Alisson. The second was a cool dink over the onrushing Brazilian and as a pair the strikes were Lionel Messi-level.
Salah and his side will be hoping to avoid a repeat of Barcelona’s display in the quarter-finals against Roma, when the Catalan club surrendered a three goal first-leg lead in the second game in the Italian capital.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to maintain these performance levels next Wednesday.
“Now we have to work again in Rome. That’s no problem,” said the German.
“There would have been work for us to do if we’d won 5-0 because Roma would have tried everything to strike back anyway.
“What I learned tonight is that we can win the second game as well.”
Sadio Mane had squandered two of the game’s best chances in the first half but he couldn’t miss when Salah put the ball on a plate for him to score Liverpool’s third.
The excellent Roberto Firmino added a brace of his own, while two from Roma in the last 10 minutes, via Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti, kept the tie alive in this goal-filled Champions League season.
Klopp was downbeat after the game, confirming a serious looking knee injury suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which could see the Englishman miss the rest of the season and possibly the World Cup.
The event was also marred by trouble outside the ground pre-match, where a group of Roma fans attacked Liverpool supporters on Walton Breck Road, near the entrances to the Kop.
Two men from Rome were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after leaving a man in critical condition in hospital. There were other arrests for possession of offensive weapons and affray.
Source: morning statonline