A Liverpool fan is fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury in a "vile" assault by Roma fans before a Champions League match between the two clubs on Tuesday night. The fact is, they scored two late goals that obviously covered the cracks a little bit. It just shows a goal or two can change a tie.
On the flip side it also means that when Saturday comes around, or Tuesday or Wednesday nights in the Champions League, it is unlikely that Alexander-Arnold will come up against a more challenging forward.
Can Roma do it again?
While the goals came in the biggest game of Salah's career thus far, he refused to celebrate, as he was facing off against his former team.
Carlo Verdone, a famous Rome-born film director and ardent Roma fan, smashed his mobile phone against a wall when he learnt that the Giallorossi had sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last June.
"I am much more interested about the Stoke game in the moment than the second leg against Rome".
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Liverpool broke a world record in the UEFA Champions League emerging as the first team with three players to net eight times in the League in a single season, and as well two of those players reached a remarkable 10-goal mark.
Liverpool's attack of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino tore Roma apart, exposing Di Francesco's decision to go with a three-man defence. He wanted to leave, but we would have kept him if the regulations weren't against us. Messi and Ronaldo may reign supreme for now, but Mo Salah is coming to catch them at an impressive rate if he hasn't caught them already.
The Italian side came back from a 4-1 first-leg loss to Barcelona in the quarterfinals, and consolation goals in the final nine minutes from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti has given them a similar deficit to overcome.
Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. "Right now Real Madrid-Liverpool seem to be the most probable scenario for the final with Los Blancos the compulsory favourites, but in football you never know".
That last finish [when he dinked over Roma goalkeeper Alisson] he's done three times in the last few weeks now so maybe keepers may be getting onto it.
Roma's dismal start to the second half was compounded when Di Francesco was seen exchanging angry words with midfielders Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman.