Roma’s Mohamed Salah Angst Leaves Klopp’s Liverpool With Little To Fear

Roma only clawed back hope once Salah went off at Anfield and they will be terrified of leaving space in behind for him to attack

Aleksandar Kolarov (left) and Kostas Manolas try to keep Mohamed Salah in check during Roma’s crushing first-leg defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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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