Mark Lawrenson reacts to Sadio Mane’s display in Liverpool FC v AS Roma
The Liverpool FC legend reacts to Sadio Mane's opening goal in a 7-5 aggregate win over AS Roma on Wednesday night
Mark Lawrenson hailed Sadio Mane’s composed finish in Liverpool FC’s 2-2 draw with AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Senegal international got on the score sheet in Liverpool FC’s 5-2 win against the Italian side in the first leg at Anfield to give the Reds a commanding lead ahead of their fixture at the Stadio Olimpico.
Mane broke the deadlock in the Italian capital on Wednesday night with a tidy finish in the ninth minute to ensure Liverpool FC got a vital away goal.
James Milner’s own goal gave AS Roma a lifeline but Georginio Wijnaldum netted with a close-range header to help Liverpool FC equal AS Roma’s two away goals at Anfield.
Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko pounced on a rebound to equalise for AS Roka before Radja Nainggolan netted a brilliant long-range strike to ensure a nervous finish.
Radja Nainggolan netted a long-range striker with four minutes of normal time to play before the Belgian netted from the penalty spot to leave the Italian side needing one more goal to force extra time.
Ex-Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson heaped praise on Mane after his excellent opening goal in the Merseyside outfit’s 7-6 aggregate win.
“The away end is bouncing but there is a stunned silence in the rest of the ground,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Great breakaway by Liverpool. Bobby Firmino waited and waited until Sadio Mane was in position. The finish is so calm and what a time to score.”
Liverpool FC will take on current holders Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev later this month.
The Reds haven’t won the Champions League title since 2005 when Liverpool FC beat AC Milan on penalties.