The Reds dominated the Champions League first-leg match at Anfield scoring 5 goals and virtually getting access to the final in Kiev.
Serious tactical mistakes by Di Francesco have given way to an unforgettable night for the British side.The Italian coach made the right changes in the last 25 minutes and the Lupi scored two goals to partially reopen the challenge.
Roma’s three-man backline favored Klopp’s vertical plays. After having suffered in the first 22 minutes, the Reds devastated the Giallorossi without mercy. Momo Salah, the long-awaited ex-winger of the Lupi, harnessed Juan Jesus and, assisted by Firmino and Mane, made the difference in front of a cheery stadium.
Liverpool’s mental and athletic speed seemed unbearable for Roma. Although Di Francesco tried to incite and tactically rearrange his team, the Reds struck powerfully on Roma like a perfect storm. Liverpool bit and killed a confused Roma, a team not used to keep up with an electrifying side.
Klopp’s crew sealed the qualification to the Champions League final 5-2, only suffering in the last 15 minutes. Dzeko‘s goal at the 80th minute and Perotti‘s penalty give a little hope to the Italian side.
A herculean task for the club of the Italian capital. Di Francesco’s men will try to overturn a European defeat too heavy to be easily digested.