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We all knew that the second leg semi-final at Stadio Olimpico will not be a cakewalk by any measure. Turns out that we were right.

AS Roma beat Liverpool to win 4-2 last night but thanks to our 5-2 lead from the first game, we were able to walk away with a narrow win. It was a tense match but it was highly exciting as well. It all started with Sadio Mane opening the scoring for us followed by an own goal from James Milner which helped Roma equalise.

From there on, it was a back-and-forth tussle between the two teams. Georginio Wijnaldum scored the second goal for Liverpool but the second-half was completely dominated by Roma as Edin Dzeko scored one to get them back into the game.

Radja Nainggolan added to their tally before the final whistle with a well-taken shot after which he also successfully netted a penalty.

The final score read 4-2 in favour of Roma but the aggregate score of 7-6 was enough for the Reds to set up a Champions League final vs Real Madrid.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Loris Karius – 7/10

Despite initial hiccups, Karius put in a good display for Liverpool. In Simon Mignolet’s absence, he has truly made the position between the sticks his own.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6.5/10

We have seen the youngster do a lot better, particularly in recent times. It was a shaky display from Trent and he struggled to deal with Stephan El Shaarawy.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10

Lovren’s aerial prowess was the only great thing about his performance. He was not reliable enough and made an unnecessary foul on El Shaarawy.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Liverpool’s best defender by a mile. Van Dijk established some much-needed calmness and composure at the back and he put in a solid performance.

Andrew Robertson – 7.5/10

Robertson contributed equally on both fronts and was quite impressive in such a high-pressure situation.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5/10

Henderson had a few messy moments in possession but he stood tall and weathered through the storm in a manner that only he can.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 8/10

Scored a crucial goal and he continued his good form against Roma last night.

James Milner – 7.5/10

Barring the unfortunate own goal, Milner put in a power-packed performance in the heart of the midfield.

Mohamed Salah – 5/10

Salah failed to deliver at his former club’s home ground. He lacked the cutting-edge in front of the goal and it was an unusually quiet performance from the Egyptian.

Sadio Mane – 9.5/10

Undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player on the field, Mane dominated proceedings like no other last night. He netted the opening goal and his speedy movement and tricks were impressive to the eye.

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

More than anything else, Firmino’s generosity, creativity and intelligence make him stand out from his contemporaries. He became a tad sloppy in the second-half but he did provide Mane with an assist.

Subs:

Ragnar Klavan – 6.5/10

Was decent enough but could not make a strong impact.

Dominic Solanke – N/A

Came on too late.

Nathaniel Clyne – N/A

Lasted on the pitch for hardly a few seconds.

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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.”

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

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.

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

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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.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

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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