Salah scores as Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in first leg Champions League semi-final

When Salah moved to Anfield last summer for £34m after two good seasons for Roma, nobody could have predicted what would follow.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scored twice, with Sadio Mane getting the other as the Reds romped into a 5-0 lead after 68 minutes.

Mohamed Salah produced two world-class finishes and set up goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to lead Liverpool to a 5-2 win over former club Roma, leaving the English team in sight of the Champions League final.

The Egypt winger has scored 43 goals in 48 games for Liverpool – an average of one every 87 minutes – and is the Premier League’s top scorer.

Salah’s display was as exquisite as Roma’s defending was naive, with Liverpool scoring all of its goals in a breathtaking 33-minute spell either side of half-time amid a cauldron of noise at Anfield.

The 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 goal from Edin Dzeko in the 81st minute and a Diego Perotti penalty in the 89th gave the visitors a slim chance of turning the tie round in next Wednesday’s return game in the Italian capital.

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said. “Whoever doesn’t believe in a comeback should stay home.

“That applies to the fans in the stands as well.”

“If any of my players think Roma doesn’t have enough to come back, they will not play,” Klopp said.

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