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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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Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January

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Paris Saint-Germain are willing to sell Adrien Rabiot for a cut-price of €15m, according to Marca (Mirror).

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.

Liverpool have been interested in the 23-year-old (h/t Mirror) and the report adds that Arsenal and Chelsea have also been keen on the Frenchman.

The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.

Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.

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Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.

However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.

Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.

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Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.

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Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race

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Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.

The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).

The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.

Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:

“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.

“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.

“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.

“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”

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Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.

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33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible

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Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.

The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.

Fortress Anfield

Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.

The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.

24 clean sheets

This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.

This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.

Dominating the opposition

Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.

The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).

Incredible passing numbers

Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.

33 wins

The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.

Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.

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The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.

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