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There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 liverpool JJ • Now 9:10PM 66 min Roma substitutions - De Rossi off for Gonalons. Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Sadio Mane makes it three Credit: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images 9:08PM 64 min Strootman and Milner fly into a tackle and the former comes up wincing, the latter smiling. 9:07PM 62 min Salah adds his second assist to his two goals by exploiting Kolarov's loss of the ball, Salah again shuttles inside, skins the hapless Juan Jesus and tees up Firmino for a far-post tap-in. Roma are being trounced. Liverpool 4 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 61 min) 9:04PM Goal! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino) This is the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. Firmino goal 9:03PM 60 min Robertson weaves through the box and is block-tackled as he tries to stab a shot in from about eight yards. This is ridiculously relentless from Liverpool. A proper thrashing. 9:02PM 59 min Kolarov makes encouraging progress up the left, picks out Schick who has to lean back to reach it and scrapes a shot over the bar. 9:00PM 56 min Alexander-Arnold bends a long ball up the right to Salah who was, I think, just offside. No flag so he glides into the box and from a range of options, picks out Mane for a simple tap-in. Liverpool 3 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 56 min) 8:58PM Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane)A hot knife through butter. Liverpool goal 3 8:57PM 54 min Goodness. Manolas makes a terrible error, trying to dribble out and can't deal with the high press, panics and loses the ball to Firmino who taps it up to Mane who was needlessly offside. 8:56PM 53 min Lovely touch from Salah through the middle threatens to put him one-on-one with Alisson but Fazio, more by accident than design, intercepts. 8:55PM 52 min Every challenge on a red shirt is claimed as a foul by the crowd for a spell. Lovely turn from Wijnaldum with a deft flick of his right foot before he spins and chips a 40-yard pass out to Salah on the right. His cross hits Jesus on the chest - the crowd wants a penalty but the referee does not yield. 8:53PM 51 min One-two between Firmino and Salah almost opens up the inside-right channel for the latter striker, but Manolas gets round the back to knock it behind. 8:51PM 49 min Roma are trying to take the sting out of this. Kolarov dinks it up to Schick who fouls Lovren as they challenge for it though not as painfully as Lovren makes it out to be. 8:50PM 47 min Milner tries to control the ball on his knee 30 yards out, doesn't quite and it catches Strootman on the arm. The crowd bellows 'hand ball' and the ref gives the free-kick that is pumped straight into the wall. 8:48PM 46 min Roma have made a substitution, bringing Patrik Schik on for Cengiz Under and changing to 3-5-2. 8:41PM And here's his second The run to twist Juan Jesus' blood, turning him out to the left before cutting inside, was majestic and a touch sadistic. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:38PM Mohamed Salah Has been irrepressible for 20 minutes. Mohamed Salah scores his second against his former club Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images 8:36PM Half time Liverpool struggled for 20 minutes and then it was as if the fog dissipated, they could see clearly and knew exactly what they needed to do. Subsequently they have bombarded the Roma goal, run the opposition ragged, bypassed their classy midfield and turned it into a game of angles and pace to expose the gaps between keeper and defence, defence and midfield. 8:33PM 45 min Dzeko's cross from the left is cut out by Van Dijk and Liverpool break like lightning. The whacked clearance is won by Salah who stuns it in his own half, lays it off to Firmino who spurts forward with Salah beside him. At the right moment he releases it to Salah who feigns to go out, but instead tacks straight and chips Alisson as the keeper raced out in desperation, trying to make himself big. What a finish. What a player. Liverpool 2 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 45 min) 8:30PM Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah) liverpool goal 1 8:29PM 44 min Lovren makes a run round the back, untracked, and has a free header from the corner, steering it harmlessly close to Alisson. 8:28PM 43 min Salah skates in from the right and passes to Firmino. Wijnaldum makes a clever run to distract Juan Jesus and opens the space for Firmino to shoot but his shot strikes Manolas and goes behind for a corner. 8:27PM 41 min Robertson launches a 60-yard ball over the top for Wijnaldum who had made a clever run and the substitute whacks a low daisy-cutter with his left that the excellent Alisson saves low to his right. Here's Salah's finish: Salah (not pictured) puts Liverpool ahead Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire 8:25PM 39 min Should have had a second. Lovren wins an aerial challenge at a corner, towering over his marker, meets it perfectly on the meat of his brow and steers it on to the top of the bar. Roma are reeling and rocking. Di Francesco is screaming at them to tighten up. 8:23PM 37 min Henderson wins the ball in midfield from a hesitant Dzeko, moves it up to Firmino who brings it forward and passes to Salah, now back on the right. He glides across the 18-yard line then arcs a glorious shot with his left foot up and over Alisson so that it kisses the underside of the bar en route to the back of the net. Delightful finish. What a player he is. Liverpool 1 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 35 min) Goal: Liverpool ( 35 min ) 8:20PM Goal!! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah)And it's a peach. liverpool goal 1 8:20PM 34 min Liverpool put the ball into the net - Mane - from a Robertson cross crafted by Milner's pass. But mane was offside when Milner passed, never mind when Robertson centred. Liverpool have read the manual and grasped how to pull this defence apart now. 8:18PM 33 min The BT Sport analysts - Hoddle and McManaman - think Salah has lost his confidence because Fazio has managed to tackle him. 8:17PM 32 min Liverpool get behind the back three again without seemingly breaking sweat and this time Salah is the man with the chance but he smarts Alisson's palms diving to his right with his shot rather than firing it towards the left side of the keeper. From the corner Roma look all at sea until De Rossi wins a towering header. 8:15PM 31 min And now he's missed another opportunity after Liverpool exploit a high line to free Firmino down the inside-right channel and he shifts it inside for Mane to shoot but he slips and slices it miles over. 8:15PM 30 min Oh! Mane is played in behind by a great Firmino pass and has a 40-yard run to goal with the ungainly Fazio in pursuit. He gets to the edge of the box, Alisson comes out and Mane spanks it with his left 2ft over the bar. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Sadio Mané, 28 min) 8:13PM 28 min Milner curls it into the box, aimed towards the right but Juan Jesus leaps up to meet it and knock it clear. Roma hold their shape and give Liverpool no space between the vertical and horizontal lines when they move it gradually away from danger. 8:11PM 26 min Alexander-Arnold sends in a right-foot cross from the touchline, intended for Mane's late run across Fazio, but it;s too close to Alisson. A minute later Juan Jesus uses his strength illegally to fell Sane. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards out, dead straight. 8:10PM 24 min Juan Jesus is quick and strong, holding off Salah as the winger chases a flighted diagonal clipped from left to right and Roma clear their lines. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers a match-ending knee injury Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 8:07PM 21 min Dejan Lovren makes a rash challenge on Cengiz Under as he runs into the box. He steps across him and catches his foot but the attacking midfielder didn't go down. Anfield gasps. Very bright start from Roma. Dzeko's touch has been immaculate so far. 8:06PM 19 min From the corner, Liverpool head it out and Kolarov spanks a 25-yarder that swerves and dips. Karius makes a right Horlicks of it, moving too far to his left then scrambles to push it with his right hand on to the cross bar. Good recovery. Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves on a stretcher. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 18 min) 8:03PM 17 min He can't continue - Wijnaldum replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Roma take a corner earned by Dzeko's astute turn around the corner for Florenzi that Lovren had to knock behind. 8:02PM 15 min A length delay while Oxlade-Chamberlain injures himself in a tackle with Edin Dzeko. He landed awkwardly and seems to have twisted his right knee when Dzeko fell on him. After treatment he gets up on to his haunches then collapses, his leg buckling. They take him off for further treatment. Wijnaldum goes for a jog up the touchline. 7:59PM 13 min Salah is played in up the right by Alexander-Arnold's long pass up the line but it skirts the whitewash and bobbles out as the winger tries to control it. From the throw, Dzeko holds it up brilliantly, shifts it to Kolarov and bombs into the box for the left-wing cross that instead sails down Karius' throat. The flags are out on the Kop Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson 7:57PM 11 min Florenzi gets in behind Robertson but De Rossi's long, diagonal skips off the wet turf on its first bounce and skids behind for a goalkick. Good run by Florenzi, though, and the right idea from the World Cup winning midfielder. 7:56PM 9 min Nainggolan goes down when Van Dijk stands on his foot. The Dutch defender protests but he did catch him. Lovren heads the free-kick from the centre-circle clear and up to Salah who is brought down by Juan Jesus, inadvertently slipping on the slick grass. The referee ignores it. 7:54PM 7 min Now Oxlade-Chamblerlain has a dig from 25 yards and scuds a low shot at Alisson. Nainggolan goes up the other end and screws a shot from the right wide of the far post and halfway to the corner flag. This is so open. Running repairs required Credit: BT SPORT 7:52PM 5 min Salah picks the lock by winning the ball with his chest, turning to slip through a pass down the inside right channel. Firmino looks offside but he isn't flagged - and there's another reason for that, too, his flag is broken. Firmnio scoots towards the right post, goes too far and his shot skitters across goal and out towards the corner flag. Miss: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 5 min) 7:49PM 4 min Salah cuts in from the right, exposing Roma's phenomenally high line, and steers a left foot shot into Alisson's hands. He was aiming for the far post. Loads of space behind Roma's back three. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Mohamed Salah, 3 min) 7:48PM 2 min De Rossi wins a challenge with Milner, shifts the ball left to Dzeko to hold up and and Roma pick out Strootman in the middle, 20 yards out. He shoots, whipping a crisp shot that bends into the arms of Karius. Attempt Saved: Liverpool 0 - 0 Roma (Kevin Strootman, 2 min) 7:46PM 1 min Roma kick off and attack from left to right, playing it back to Alisson who pumps it long for Dzeko. He wins the header on the left and pops it off to Nainggolan whose ball up the line is shepherded out for a Liverpool throw. 7:42PM BT Sport Has just shown the Kop singing YNWA. All three of their pundits - Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard thibnk Liverpool will win. Out come the teams. 7:40PM One Liverpool fan reportedly injured outside Anfield The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden. Picked an older Liverpool fan and atracked him. A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) April 24, 2018 7:35PM A scuffle outside Anfield An isolated incident by most accounts but not very edifying for all concerned: Trouble outside Anfield just before kick off - Roma ‘fans’ charge using belts & batons - provoking Liverpool retaliation @itvfootballpic.twitter.com/zrGic1CWjp— gabriel clarke (@gabrielclarke05) April 24, 2018 7:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks - what are your aims? A good game and a result we can work with. We cannot get a result without a good game. it's a strong side, obviously. They pay the same system they played against Barceloan so it's a big honour. It's exciting - they have a mix of experience, youth, threat; if you go through our line-up it's the same. We always play our football, we don't want to concede but we want to score as well. We want to see a performance before we talk about a result. 7:23PM Ay up - it's cultural appropriation time But done very well ... The Fab Four �� pic.twitter.com/Z8KSxfFJSq— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 7:17PM From Sam Dean outside Anfield Genuinely phenomenal atmosphere on the streets of Anfield as the Liverpool fans waited for the team bus. The chants of "Allez! Allez! Allez!" bounced off the houses, while the smell of flares filled the nostrils and stung the eyes. The relentless rain made it feel more real, more raw. Hoods down, shoulders back, volume up. The only problem is that the club shop doesn't towels... Anfield by torchlight Credit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images 7:02PM The gathering of the clan Shared a cab to Anfield with stranded Liverpool fan. Me: "Where've you come from?" Him: "Adelaide." Tracked down a ticket online "after a couple of whiskeys." Most expensive Scotch ever drunk.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 24, 2018 6:59PM Another perspective of the Roma bus's arrival What a difference not coming from Manchester makes ... Roma team bus arriving at Anfield pic.twitter.com/wWig3XCRQN— Matt Critchley (@MattCritchley1) April 24, 2018 6:58PM The Roma coach's arrival Roma bus arrives unmolested Credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images And elsewhere the miracle of Anfield ... Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine And an improvised podium Fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semi-final Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 6:52PM Those teams in the traditional format Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke. Mo Salah's boots are put out before the match Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA via Getty Images Roma Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan; Dzeko. Substitutes Skorupski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Perotti, Schick, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, El Shaarawy. Referee Felix Brych (Germany) 6:43PM Auld Lang Syne Radja Nainggolan greets old mucker Mohamed Salah. ��❤️ @OfficialRadja + @mosalah = Maximum respect ��#ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/3LNlPULYYh— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:39PM Meanwhile outside Anfield I've heard of community policing ... Merseyside police are more lenient than when I were a lad. Try sitting atop a black mariah back then and you would have been eating truncheon. Liverpool fans sit on top of a police van Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Liverpool fans fashion perches atop Merseyside police vans Credit: Peter Byrne/PA 6:37PM Henderson plays The captain starts in central midfield - no Joe Gomez on the bench. 6:36PM And Roma have gone for a 3-4-2-1 TEAM NEWS | �� | Here it is, our starting line-up for tonight’s @ChampionsLeague semi-final clash against @LFC! DAJE! �� #ASRoma#UCL#LFCRomapic.twitter.com/6lX5AWzL6X— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 6:35PM The teams are in Tonight's #LFC side. #UCLpic.twitter.com/eDkVigc1LB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 6:29PM This is a lovely read Mo Salah in Egypt 6:28PM And who'd be in your Roma XI? Pick your Roma starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield Again the defence is pretty settled so it would be Nainggolan, Strootman, De Rossi and Florenzi in midfield for me, Perotti and Dezeko up front. 6:22PM More film from Sam Dean on the streets Some Everton fans are insisting they're all Norwegian. I haven't been to Anfield for years - 14 now since we were relegated - but I do remember there were plenty of Scandinavians over the morning of that match. 6:16PM Half an hour before the teams are announced Who would be in your starting XIs Pick your Liverpool starting XI to face Roma at Anfield I think the back four and keeper are obvious as are the front three. In midfield I'd go with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Wijnaldum. Other opinions are available ... 5:57PM Our man Sam Dean has sent us some footage from Liverpool L4 Liverpool fans are in full voice on the streets surrounding Anfield #LFChttps://t.co/hEkSaTmCxypic.twitter.com/RGmeeVGQCV— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 24, 2018 5:54PM Roma's anthem mash Roma have played a blinder this week and this is another gem: Two historic clubs. Two iconic anthems. There is no better sight in European football than when the Curva Sud sing 'Roma, Roma, Roma' and the Kop sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.#ASRoma#LFCpic.twitter.com/PmWvtGFQox— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 24, 2018 Thinking about the coach, surely Liverpool fans won't attack it. Those with memories of trips to Italy know how unsettling and dangerous an experience it can be without any provocation. 5:21PM The programme cover What are we supposed to call them now? You can't beat the Fabs but without Coutinho we can hardly persist with that analogy, unless we cast Phil as Pete Best and draft in another member. Doesn't seem fair. The Big Three - for all one's love of Some Other Guy, though not their version - is hardly fitting. Suggestions welcomed - and please, not the Three Amigos. No one wants to be Chevy Chase. ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ ⚡ ALLEZ ⚡ pic.twitter.com/jVxL0G1kMO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018 5:03PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma from Anfield. You'll have seen some lovely pieces over the past few days, collated on the handy links below, on the 1984 final, the tragedy of 'Ago' Di Bartolomei, the remarkable insouciance of 'Barney' Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar and Joe Fagan's extraordinary self-assurance. Champions League semi-final | Liverpool vs AS Roma This is Liverpool's first semi-final since defeating Chelsea in 2007 on penalties when Buddha Benítez sat cross-legged on the touchline as Dirk Kuyt crashed in the winner at Anfield. But Jurgen Klopp's last was in 2013 when hos Dortmund side turned up the volume to 17 and beasted Real Madrid from the first whistle in the first leg, Robert Lewandowski scoring all four in the 4-1 victory that won the tie after 66 minutes of the 180. If you wanted a template for how Liverpool did the same to Man City in the quarters, you only have to replay that match. Will they try the same high tempo start against Roma, playing their first semi-final since they stole it off the Terrors back in 1984? I think they will. In fact I think they must for that is how Klopp's teams shine. We will have team news as soon as it drops and all the build-up from Anfield including the arrival of the Roma coach and its reception by Liverpool fans. If they have heeded Klopp's imprecations, armoured glass won't be required tonight. Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meets on May 31 to decide Liverpool's punishment for that act of vandalism and intimidation. An encore tonight would have even more serious ramifications.
Liverpool vs Roma, Champions League: live score updates
There will still be life in this Champions League semi-final come the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next Wednesday which, given the way that Roma approached a great deal of this first leg at Anfield, might be the most remarkable aspect of a remarkable night’s football. For long periods of this match, Eusebio Di Francesco’s players looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night, and at five goals down it seemed obvious that they had finally opted for self-destruct on a momentous European campaign. Their former player Mohamed Salah had bewitched them with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was a Roma defence willing to wave him through the gaps. Anfield smelled blood and their team were clinical - two goals for Roberto Firmino and one for Sadio Mane, and a place in the final in Kiev on May 26 looked inevitable, and it might yet be that way. But a lapse in the last ten minutes allowed Roma that one commodity that carried them through in the quarter-finals, a faint glimmer of hope, and now the second leg is set up to be one of the classics. It is astonishing that Roma are still in this tie, when for periods it looked like their entire defence had been prematurely retired by a Liverpool attack that ran through them at will. But a goal from Edin Dzeko, made by the excellent Radja Nainggolan, and then a penalty from substitute Diego Perotti means that they trail Liverpool by three, the same margin from which they reeled in Barcelona in the previous round. They sold him, having first sent him on the way to becoming the player he is now, and by half-time Roma were reeling at the Salah effect, although they are hardly the first ones in that respect. This was a masterclass in finishing from the Egyptian with that left foot that seems like the surest bet in European football at the moment. Liverpool vs Roma player ratings It was not like Liverpool had all the first half, indeed Roma were the better team for the first half an hour with a positive and open approach that tested the home team to their maximum. Radja Nainggolan was the driving force in a side that had clearly come to Anfield in a mind to score a goal and they came very close to doing so. That was a shot from the former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov who struck a left footed drive on 18 minutes that Loris Karius seemed to lose mid-flight and only managed to push onto his own bar. When the ball rebounded to the former Tottenham man Federico Fazio he appeared to be paralysed by indecision and, waiting for the offside or otherwise, just let the opportunity pass him by. Roberto Firmino, left, and Mohamed Salah scored two each as Liverpool raced to a five-goal lead Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Liverpool lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury, his right knee twisted as he challenged for the ball and the Englishman clearly in a lot of pain. Even with Edin Dzeko in attack, Roma did not manage to translate that possession into chances on goal, and that was the key difference in the first half. Liverpool created lots of chances, and they missed a lot, until Salah took over. Before then Sadio Mane had three sights of goal, the first two of which he passed up and the third he scored only to have strayed offside in the build-up. The first two were within a minute of one another and when the second was similarly dispatched over the bar there was an edge of chastisement from the groan from the home fans which Klopp immediately picked up on. He turned to them and demanded they encourage the team. Liverpool vs Roma shots on goal At the centre of those two chances was the excellent Roberto Firmino with that magnetic touch of his and he would be key in setting up Salah’s second. Before then the goal-machine had his first decent hit from the right side with his left foot saved by Alisson and then, in the 36th minute, Salah took control. He was inside the box on the right side again with enough space to pick his spot but even then it was such a good shot that Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this year, was nowhere near it. Salah kept his celebrations to a minimum in deference to his former club but around him his team-mates more than compensated. They knew that this was a significant moment. Even then, Roma fought back in the closing stages of the first half with Nainggolan spinning past Jordan Henderson until Liverpool spied their chance again. Salah scores the opener with an artful side foot shot that grazed the underside of the bar and flew into the side of the net Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images It started with a clearance from their own area which Salah guided into the path of Firmino and then set off towards goal. The magnificent Brazilian delayed until the moment was right, holding off Kostas Manolas and freeing his team-mate Salah to run clear and lift a shot over Alisson that bounced delicately into the Roma goal. If the first half had been a more even battle decided by the brilliance of Salah then the start of the second was something much worse for Roma, the proverbial bloodbath. They were exposed at the back over and again, and not through any particular tactical sleight of hand or clever adjustment on Liverpool’s part. Instead, Roma were wide open. Firmino is given his first goal on a gilded plate by Salah Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images The first half had been bad for Juan Jesus, the left-sided centre-half in a back line of three, but the second half was much worse. Roma were strung out and wide open and every time Liverpool looked for the long ball over the top it seemed to be the Brazilian Jesus left alone with him and nothing he did have any effect on the outcome, including his attempts to foul. The third and fourth goals of the night were created by Salah, both times released down the right wing and carefully picking his pass for chances that Mane and then Firmino could not miss. The first time Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to centre for Mane, the second time it was Salah against Jesus with the same inevitable outcome and Firmino scored. James Milner concedes a late penalty when struck on the arm by Nainggolan's shot Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Just to show that they were not just vulnerable to the counter-attack, Roma conceded the fifth direct from James Milner’s corner which the Brazilian nodded down past Alisson. Salah was off with 15 minutes later for some rest, replaced with Danny Ings, although Jesus had by then been given the mercy substitution. Dzeko struck in the 81st minute taking Nainggolan’s ball and beating Karius from close quarters. A handball by Milner, unfortunate after a fine performance, meant that Perotti could score the second from the spot and it was a much more subdued Anfield that greeted the final whistle. 10:05PM Jurgen Klopp speaks A long time a perfect performance. Eighty minutes were up. Defensively we make one mistake and Dzeko is good enough. We agree the penalty is not a penalty and now it's 5-2. I would be more happy if we won 5-0 or 5-1 but i could not imagine [before] 5-2. We go there and we try to win. How we played them, all these runs behind, it was brilliant. e scored these goals, we could have scored more. that sound's crazy in a Champions League semi-final. It's all positive. We are Liverpool, it's all-inclusive football, we have to go the hard way. Oxlade is probably a really bad injury, a massive blow, of course. The crowd was magnificent, we need that on Saturday. Nothing less will do. 9:49PM Jordan Henderson speaks We're disappointed with the goals, you cannot do that in the Champions League. It'll be a tough challenge but we've got to take confidence from the performance. We didn't play enough football in the last 20 minutes but we still made chances. We gave them the Dzeko goal and then the nerves set in. I didn't think it was a penalty, it looked harsh. Some of the balls we played in, I'm disappointed we didn't score more. Going there will be a challenge. 9:40PM Full time What an extraordinary match - Roma played well for the first 20 minutes and the last 10 but were absolutely mullered for an hour as Liverpool, full of swagger, pace, intelligent movement and confidence shredded their poorly set-up defence. Salah was outstanding, a genuine Player of the Year performance but without the understanding between him and Firmino and Mane and their contributions, he wouldn't be so effective. Roma, proud to the last, grabbed a couple back to stop the door slamming completely shut and will take solace that where but the Eternal City does hope spring, erm, eternal. 9:36PM 90+3 min Liverpool switch to a back three but will face one final attack by conceding a free-kick deep in the Roma half. Ings, playing wide right. Heads out the intended long pass up the flank. 9:34PM 90+2 min Liverpool substitution: Firmino off for Klavan. 9:34PM 90+1 min Liverpool fans whistle with concerted ferocity. Florenzi shoots at Karius. 9:33PM 90 min Nainggolan's shot from 18 yards is deflected wide for a corner which Roma waste. There'll be four minutes added on. 9:32PM 88 min Schick makes a great run across field and plays in Perotti cutting into the box from the left but he scuffs his shot. 9:30PM 87 min Hell's teeth - Liverpool decide to have a kip. Dzeko chips Karius from 25 yards and he scrambles back s it trims the top of the bar. The atmosphere punctures like a popped balloon as Dzeko beats Alexander-Arnold down the right and crosses to the near post. Perotti cannot turn it in from the near post. 9:29PM 86 min Brilliant penalty, chipped insouciantly into the top right corner. Goal: Roma ( 85 min ) 9:27PM Goal! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti, pen) roma penalty JJ • Now 9:27PM Roma penalty Nainggolan shoots that hist Milner's leg and arm. 9:26PM 83 min Now Dzeko shoots from 18 yards, but drags it. This time Henderson's missed tackle creates the opening. 9:25PM 81 min Daft mistake from Lovren who never concentrates for the whole game. He mistimes his leap to clear Nainggolan's ball over the top that sails over him. Dzeko traps it and finishes coolly. Class act. Liverpool 5 - 1 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 81 min) 9:23PM Goal! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Dzeko) dzeko goal 1 9:23PM 79 min And here's Liverpool's fifth: Firmino beats Fazio to score Liverpool's fifth Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Roma's players continue to bicker with their manager. 9:21PM 77 min I genuinely haven't seen such a dreadful defensive performance during a supposedly elite game since Brazil's in the 2014 semi-final. Liverpool are happy to take their time now as Allez x3 echoes round the stadium. 9:18PM 75 min Mohamed Salah is substituted. On comes Danny Ings. Firmino turns in Liverpool's fourth Credit: Dave Thompson/AP 9:16PM 74 min Lovren goes into the book for a hack at Strootman. 9:16PM 73 min Kolarov and Strootman combine down the left and the Dutchman clips an outswinger towards the back post that Schick meets and heads low, but too close to Karius. 9:14PM 72 min Roma players keep consulting their manager Eusebio Di Francesco as if they're utterly bereft of ideas or trying to persuade him to change something. His defensive tactics have been naive beyond belief. Has he seen Liverpool play? 9:12PM 70 min Francesco Totti, picked out in the crowd, has a face like thunder. And no wonder as Firmino gets up to meet a corner and heads it in under so little pressure that it was as if Roma have run up the white flag. Liverpool 5 - 0 Roma (Roberto Firmino, 68 min) 9:10PM Goal! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino) goal 5 l