Liverpool set Champions League record in Roma rout

Liverpool made Champions League history in their 5-2 rout of Roma on Tuesday. 

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino each scored twice, with Sadio Mane also finding the net as the Reds ran rampant over the Serie A side, leaving the Anfield outfit with three players on eight or more goals in the competition.

It marks the first time any club has had three players reach that mark in a single Champions League campaign, with Salah’s fantastic double helping him set a Liverpool record along the way. 

A 5-0 scoreline early in the second half had the Reds on the verge of another record. That mark would have been the largest margin of victory in a single Champions League semi-final match, topping Bayern Munich’s 4-0 victory over Barcelona in 2013, and Real Madrid’s 4-0 thumping of Bayern a year later. 

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But Roma had other plans and stormed back with two late goals of their own, leaving Liverpool with a three-goal advantage heading into the second leg in Rome. 

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Roma famously overcame a similar deficit to reach the semi-final stage, having taken down Lionel Messi and Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico after falling 4-1 to the Catalans in the first leg in Spain. 

Liverpool will be wary in the second leg next Wednesday, knowing that another 3-0 win would see Roma pull off another stunning comeback. 

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Mohamed Salah for Ballon d’Or? Messi & Ronaldo have a new rival

The Ballon d’Or has been Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal property for the last decade, but that might just be changing this year. 

Mohamed Salah has been an unstoppable force for Liverpool, netting 43 goals in all competitions in one of the greatest debut seasons in football history. 

That is more than both Ronaldo (42) and Messi (40) have managed this season.

In the process Jurgen Klopp’s men have strolled into the Champions League semi-finals and also look set to finish in the top four of what has been an extremely hard-fought Premier League in 2017-18. 

On Tuesday Roma became the latest side to feel his wrath as he hit two goals before half time in Anfield to put the Reds in the driving seat in the first leg.

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But what would Salah have to do in order to dethrone Messi and Ronaldo? 

For the last four seasons the Champions League has proved the decisive tie-breaker in favour of either the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars. 

Messi last received the Ballon d’Or in 2015, after Barca’s treble campaign, while Ronaldo has won three of the last four awards – all in years Madrid were crowned European champions. 

This year, however, the World Cup adds another variable to the mix. 

If Messi can lead Argentina to their first World Cup title since 1986 in Russia, for example, or Ronaldo picks up Portugal’s first, it would be once more hard to see past either of the stars for the 2018 prize. 

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Nevertheless, if Salah can mastermind Liverpool’s first Champions League title since 2005 he would be in the driving seat to break a 10-year monopoly on the prize and become the first winner since Kaka in 2007 to come from outside of that dynamic duo. 

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Salah smashes Liverpool records with Champions League stunners

Mohamed Salah smashed a Liverpool record that has stood for more than three decades with yet another incredible strike to put his side ahead against Roma. 

The Egypt international has enjoyed a sensational debut season at Anfield since moving from the Italian capital. 

And he came up top again on Tuesday to break the deadlock in the semi-final first leg. 

A delightful curling effort beat Alisson and put Liverpool 1-0 ahead in the first half, and in the process wrote the striker’s name into the record books. 

And just before half time he was at it again, lofting the ball over the Brazilian goalkeeper for his and the Reds’ second.

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Salah has netted in no less than 32 games this season, the most ever for a Reds player in a single campaign. 

Liverpool favourite Ian Rush was the previous record-holder, having scored in 31 different matches back in the 1983-84 season. 

Rush still holds the overall mark for goals in a Liverpool season with 47, although with 43 now Salah still has time to overtake the Welsh poacher. 

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Salah has now scored 11 goals in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single season in European competition.

He has also found the net in his last five Champions League starts, a run that only Steven Gerrard has ever previously managed for the Merseysiders.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain injury raises Liverpool and England concerns

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has raised alarm bells in the Liverpool and England camps after limping out of the Champions League semi-final first leg.

The England midfielder has been in fine form for the Reds in recent weeks, playing a huge part in their march to the last four. 

But he lasted barely 15 minutes on Tuesday before being forced to withdraw through injury. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain dived into a challenge with Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov early in the first leg, and was left crumped on the floor with apparent damage to his knee. 

Liverpool at first hesitated over calling for a substitution, but it quickly became evident that the former Arsenal man would play no further part in the encounter. 

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Georginio Wijnaldum was the man chosen to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain with the scoreline poised at 0-0. 

Liverpool will now have to wait on the severity of the their star’s injury, with the second leg and a potential final still to come before the end of May. 

England, too, will be hoping that the problem does not end Ox’s hopes of representing his nation in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

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‘Mohamed Salah will stay at Liverpool,’ insists Shay Given

Newcastle United legend Shay Given believes Mohamed Salah will stay at Liverpool beyond this season.

The 25-year-old has been in a spectacular form since joining the Anfield giants last summer, scoring 41 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions.

On Sunday, the attacker was rewarded by his colleagues for his exceptional performance this term with the PFA Player of the Year prize.

And the ex-England international admitted that the desire to make history with the Reds should make the former Roma star remain with the club.

“There will be clubs sniffing around him so it will be interesting to see what Liverpool do,” Given toldPremier League Daily.

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“He seems like a genuine guy and I think he will want to make a bit of history of his own at Liverpool. They are a big club, so why not keep hold of him?

“Jurgen Klopp is getting the best out of him and that will stand him in good stead for the future and I think he will stay at Liverpool.”

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