Is there going to be a turnaround in the second-leg of the Champions League? Well, you never know, and you can’t predict. But one thing is for sure that, if AS Roma turns the things around then it will be a historic comeback in the UCL.
In the last leg, we predicted Liverpool 3 – 1 Roma but that prediction turned out erroneous as Liverpool scored five but the Giallorossi scored two important away goals. Moreover, I don’t think any of us had imagined that Jurgen Klopp’s side will bombard goals in that manner against Eusebio Di Francesco’s side.
Liverpool is leading 5-2 on aggregate and they have kept 21 clean sheets across all competitions this season. That just shows that it’s not going to be an easy task for the home side to score three goals and book their place in the Champions League final. The result also depends upon whether the visitors score or not. And looking at the current form of Anfield’s attacking trio, there are huge chances that they will sneak in through Roma’s defense and the tie will get over right there.
But what the Giallorossi did against Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico, after that one cannot take them lightly. The Catalans also had three goals lead when they visited Rome, but the Roman club disappointed them by scoring three goals and winning the game on away goal rule. It will be interesting to see whether Francesco’s side will be able to do inconceivable once again or Klopp’s side will put the break on their amazing run.
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Mohamed Salah scored a brace within the 45 minutes of the first-leg at Anfield. The first goal was scored from the inside the box as Salah’s sensational curved shot entered the net giving Alisson Becker no chance to stop it. While the second goal was beautifully created by Firmino and the Egyptian just chipped it from over the top of Becker at the back of the goal. In the second half, Firmino scored a brace from inside the 30-yard-box and Sadio Mane also scored with the help of an assist from Salah through the right flank.
It looked like that the Anfield outfit will score more than five goals on the night when they went all- out- attack against the Roman side. But after the substitution of Salah, the momentum shifted towards the Giallorossi. During closing minutes of the game, Di Francesco’s side scored two important away goals. The first goal came from the header of Edin Dzeko from the left side of the box. And the last goal of the game was scored by Diego Perotti from the penalty spot. Following a hand from James Milner right in front of the goal.
Even though the Roman side had more possession during the game, they were still not able to score more than two goals. Liverpool on other side took 11 shots on target and scored five important goals.
In the first-leg, the Anfield outfit received a major blow in the midfield as their in-form midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was sidelined due to an injury. Later, it was confirmed that the midfielder suffered a knee injury from the collision with Aleksander Kolarov on the left wing. The injury was quite serious as the midfielder is ruled out of the FIFA World Cup as well. This also means that there are possible chances that Georginio Wijnaldum will be replacing the Englishman in the starting line-up of the second-leg.
In Roma squad, Perotti will sit out as he has again suffered injury. This time, it is the distortion of ankle that will keep the Argentinian out for two weeks from the action on field. Also, there are speculations that even Kevin Strootman will be absent from the second-leg following an injury.