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UEFA League: Liverpool thrashes AS Roma

Liverpool took a big step towards the UEFA Champions League final with a 5-2 win over AS Roma in their semifinal, first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

Two late Roma goals, however, will give the Italians, who came back from 4-1 down to beat Barcelona in the previous round, some hope of an upset in the return game next Wednesday.

Two superbly taken goals from Mohamed Salah gave Jurgen Klopp’s side a 2-0 lead at halftime and Liverpool ripped Roma apart after the break.

A Sadio Mane goal and then two Roberto Firmino goals put Liverpool 5-0 up and Klopp felt comfortable enough to take off Salah, who had been outstanding.

Yet Edin Dzeko struck for the visitors in the 81st minute and four minutes later Diego Perotti converted a penalty to generate some tension for the return in Rome.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, in his post-match reaction noted that it was an overall good performance by his team even though they lost a little concentration towards the end of the match.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid meet in the other semifinal today.

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