Steven Gerrard sends warning to Liverpool FC ahead of AS Roma trip
The Liverpool FC captain reflects on Tuesday night's 5-2 win against AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final
Steven Gerrard warned Liverpool FC that AS Roma’s late goals have given the Italian side a glimmer of hope ahead of the second leg following the Reds’ 5-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Merseyside outfit appeared to be coasting towards the Champions League finals after Jurgen Klopp’s side surged into a commanding 5-0 lead with 22 minutes to play of the first leg.
However, Bosnia-Herzegovina international Edin Dzeko appeared to score a consolation goal after Dejan Lovren misjudged a long ball to allow the former Manchester City striker to score a clinical goal.
James Milner was penalised for a handball in Loris Karius’ area to allow Diego Perotti to make it 5-2 ahead of the return leg in the Italian capital.
Former Liverpool FC captain Gerrard admitted that the Reds will be disappointed with their finish to the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
“Of course I would have taken 5-2 before the game, 100 per cent. But in the game if you go 5-0 up, you have to kill the game,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“It’s all about game management and being professional right until the end. Liverpool came down a gear towards the end and they paid for it. They’ve given Roma a little glimmer of hope.”
Liverpool FC broke the deadlock in the 35th minute after Salah netted a clinical finish before the Egypt international made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time,
The Reds extended their lead in the second half after Salah teed up his team-mates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino before the Brazilian forward netted Liverpool FC’s fifth goal.