Slightly fewer than four minutes separated Edin Dzeko’s goal for Roma at Anfield and the penalty awarded rather harshly against James Milner, and in that short space of time, the Italians rose from a trance. At 5-0 they were out, they would have needed at least six goals in the second leg. At 5-2 Roma had more than a straw to clutch at, they had given themselves a glimmer of hope, suddenly required only half the number of goals, and had the recent memory of beating Barcelona 3-0 for inspiration.

Jürgen Klopp will not be short of advice this week on how to approach Wednesday’s return in the Stadio Olimpico; there are any number of extrapolations permissible depending on which side scores the first goal and when.

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