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Full Time: Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma

It was another glorious night at Anfield as Liverpool took on Roma in the first-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final. The Reds were looking to continue their fine form at home and do similar damage like they had done to Manchester City in the previous round.

This was certainly a night to remember as the Reds ran out 5-2 winners over a side that had dumped Barcelona out of the competition.

Although Roma started brightly, it was Mohamed Salah who got the ball rolling with a sumptuous curling finish in the first-half. In stoppage time of the first-half, he made it 2-0 to the Reds and were in command of the tie.

Things got a little crazy in the second half as Sadio Mane tapped in from a Salah cross before Roberto Firmino got into the act with a brace, making it 5-0.

Roma, though, kept on going and it led to Edin Dzeko scoring in the 80th minute as he expertly finished past Loris Karius before James Milner gave away a penalty via a handball, which was converted by Diego Perotti.

The two goals do give Roma a sniff in the second leg but if we play it our way, we should score a goal or two in Italy too.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Loris Karius – 7/10

Karius did have a nervy start as he got away with an unconvincing flap. However, he was solid otherwise. He couldn’t really do much with the two goals conceded today.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8/10

A pretty good showing by our young right-back. Trent did struggle during the early exchanges but was much better in the second half and even had a part to play in a couple of goals.

Dejan Lovren – 6/10

Lovren’s rating would have been higher had he scored from a corner when he was totally free. He was also responsible for losing Dzeko in Roma’s first goal.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

Van Dijk was solid at the back and didn’t really make any mistakes. Dzeko could not do anything in the attack whenever the Dutch defender tracked him.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Robertson too started a little cautiously but slowly got into the game. He constantly ran down the left and Roma couldn’t deal with his energy.

James Milner – 8/10

Milner was one of the stars in the midfield as he battled hard to win the ball back. It was unfortunate that he handled the ball late in the game which led to Roma’s penalty.

Jordan Henderson – 8/10

Hendo was initially struggling to deal with Radja Nainggolan but it was the captain’s tackle on Dzeko that led to the goal and then the crazy onslaught from us.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6/10

The Ox started brightly but had to be subbed off early after hurting himself.

Mohamed Salah – 9/10

Salah didn’t celebrate scoring against his former side but he did when he assisted the two goals. The Egyptian was incredible and his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season do give us hope of getting the job done in Rome.

Sadio Mane – 7.5/10

Mane might have gotten a goal in the game but he should have started the scoring when he was one-on-one with the Roma goalkeeper but shot just above the bar.

Roberto Firmino – 8.5/10

Industrious, full of running and a thorn in the Roma side. Bobby was himself, as usual, and his performance saw him bag a brace.

Substitutes

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Was solid once he came on to replace the Ox but should have scored a goal in the second half when Robertson’s ball found him with only Alisson to beat in the Roma goal.

Danny Ings – 6/10

Came on to replace Firmino but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Ragnar Klavan – N/A

Came on for the last few seconds of the game and didn’t really get to do much.

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“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.

The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.

Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.

Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:

“It’s a normal period of adaptation.

“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”

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The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.

“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.

“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”

Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.

“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”

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The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.

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“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.

The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.

However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.

Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.

A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.

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Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.

Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.

Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.

The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.

There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6.5/10

Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10

Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.

James Milner – 7/10

Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.

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Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.

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Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.

Fabinho – 5/10

The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.

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Roberto Firmino – NA

The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.

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