Liverpool put on a clinic, but Roma aren't dead just yet.
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Roma held off Liverpool for 35 minutes before the Reds broke through at Anfield
for five goals in 33 minutes. The Giallorossi could do nothing to stop Salah from breaking in from the right wing, where he used his left foot to float a ball over Roma's helpless Brazilian
keeper, Alisson, into the far corner.
Salah's genius is that he makes everything look so easy, like the little chip over Alisson just before halftime after teammate Roberto Firmino put him through on a stunning counterattack.
“The first goal is a genius strike," he said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "He has scored a few like this. It is no coincidence. In the second goal, he is cool in the moment and then makes the other two goals."
Salah set up Sadio Mane goal and then the first of two Firmino goals. On the Firmani goal, Salah made Roma defender Juan Jesus look so silly he was soon substituted.
"If you think he is the best in the world," added Klopp, "write it or say it. What I will say is he is in outstandingly, world-class shape. To be the best in the world you have to do it for a longer period, I think. The other two [Messi and Ronaldo] are not bad."
The only surprise was Klopp's decision to take Salah out with a 5-0 lead in the 74th minute. Eden Dzeko and Diego Perotti scored in the last 10 minutes to reduce Liverpool's lead to 5-2 and give Roma hope. In the quarterfinals, a late away goal in the 4-1 loss at Barcelona proved to be decisive when Roma came back to win the second leg 3-0 and capture the series on the away goal.
“If anyone wants to say it was my mistake we conceded two goal because I changed the striker," said Klopp, "I have no problem with that.”