The Klopp team came to win 5-0 guided by the Egyptian, but lost the chance to finish off the pass
Mohamed Salah directed the Liverpool exhibition on Roma (5-2) at Anfield on Tuesday and, with a sublime double in the first half and two assists in the second, boosted the dream of the ‘Reds’ towards the Champions League final League in Kiev.
The Egyptian striker, newly named best footballer of the year in England and one of the most coveted names on the market today, continues to make merit to fight the Golden Ball to Cristiano and Messi: his 43 goals in 47 games this season – Ten of those goals in the ‘Champions’ – they prove it.
The Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp, the only undefeated team of the tournament, and the Roma of Eusebio Di Francesco, with morale through the clouds after the historic comeback in the quarterfinals against Barcelona, two teams that nobody expected in the semifinals, sought in Anfield to give the First of the two steps necessary to be next May 26 at the Kiev Olympic Stadium.
The best version of the ‘Reds’ and Salah annihilated the Italians, who only managed to resist and present battle in the last ten minutes, in which first Edin Dzeko and then Diego Perotti, on penalty, saw goal to leave the tie slightly ‘open’.
The fearsome ‘MSF’, the society formed by Senegalese Sadio Mané, the Brazilian Roberto Firmino and Salah, shattered the defense of three men raised by Di Francesco tonight and what a good result he gave to Barcelona.
After 15 brave minutes of the ‘gialorrossi’, in which they slightly disturbed Karius, with a shot at the included crossbar of Kolarov that silenced Anfield, the gale of the home ones arrived.
Liverpool replaced the blow of losing to Oxlade-Chamberlain by injury in the initial stages and, after half an hour, shortly after Mané warned with two shots at goal and Rome, fearful, stepped back, Salah He scored the first of his two goals.
The ‘pharaoh’, chosen on the right, picked up the ball, set up the left foot, loaded and fired a shot that hit the right square of the goal of an Alisson that could not help but see how the ball was housed in the background of his goal.
The goal left Roma completely knocked out, which was about to take the second in the next play when Lovren, free in the area, sent his header directly to the crossbar.
But it was not long before the second arrived, and, in the last moments of the first half, Salah again demonstrated his magnificent understanding with Firmino and cheered for Rome by elegantly chopping the ball before Alisson left after a backlash.
The second half, until the last ten minutes, was a walk of those of Klopp, who overwhelmed Rome and left the tie virtually seen for sentencing. Only a late push from those of Di Francesco, already defending four men on the green, prevented the Romans from saying goodbye to the series.
Salah served as scorer in the first 45 minutes and assistant in the second. The third and fourth goals of the ‘Reds’ came out of their boots, first when putting a ball from the right in the mouth of goal to Mané and then in a practically traced play but with different receiver, Firmino.
The goal that completed the ‘little hand’ was also scored by the Brazilian striker when he took advantage of the nth defensive deconcentration of the Italians and nodded in minute 68 from the small area a corner kick.
Liverpool relaxed then, with Ings on the field instead of Salah, and ended up paying him. In the absence of nine minutes to the conclusion Nainggolan threw his team to the back and first put a long ball to the back of the defense that Lovren ate and did not fail Dzeko and then caused a penalty by Milner’s hand after a shot from outside the area.
Perotti, who had entered the second half by Juan Jesus, did not fail from 11 meters and the second of Rome was scored. The visiting fans did not know ver y well how, but they saw on the scoreboard 5-2 and that their team had gotten into the tie.