Salah shines as Liverpool beat Roma in first leg

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Two superbly taken goals from Mohamed Salah gave Jurgen Klopp’s side a 2-0 lead at halftime as Liverpool took a big step towards the UEFA Champions League final with a 5-2 win over AS Roma in their semifinal, first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

Two late Roma goals, however, will give the Italians, who came back from 4-1 down to beat Barcelona in the previous round, some hope of an upset in the return game next Wednesday.
A Sadio Mane goal and then two Roberto Firmino goals put Liverpool 5-0 up and Klopp felt comfortable enough to take off Salah, who had been outstanding.

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Yet Edin Dzeko struck for the visitors in the 81st minute and four minutes later Diego Perotti converted a penalty to generate some tension for the return in Rome.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, in his post-match reaction noted that it was an overall good performance by his team even though they lost a little concentration towards the end of the match.

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“Long term perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so. We made defensively one mistake.Penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2.

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“Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.

“We had all these runs behind, it changed the game completely and they couldn’t cope with that.

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“We scored these goals and could have scored more. That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game.

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“It is absolutely better than I thought before the game but at the moment of course a a little mistake,” he said.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid meet in the other semifinal on Wednesday.

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