It is rare for a 5-2 victory to be tinged with disappointment, especially in a Champions League semi-final. Liverpool soared in to a 5-0 lead against Roma at Anfield but Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti scored in the dying stages to allow a glimmer of light to peep back in to this tie.
Mo Salah continued his sensational form to put Liverpool two goals ahead at the break. With the Egyptian so clinical, Jürgen Klopp’s side will still travel to Rome confident of sealing passage to the final. Salah then served Sadio Mane the third goal on a silver platter, before repeating the favour for Roberto Firmino to make it 4-0. Firmino grabbed his second, and Liverpool’s fifth, with 20 minutes remaining.
Roma had been the architects of their own undoing for most of the match. The visitors fielded a three-man defence that Salah, Mane, and Firmino exposed at will. Yet Dzeko and Perotti scored the late goals that give Roma another opportunity to attempt a comeback. They overturned a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in the quarter-final and although the chances of a repetition are slim, they do exist.