Robbie Fowler highlights the key to Liverpool FC beating AS Roma
The Liverpool FC legend names Mohamed Salah as the key for the Reds against AS Roma on Wednesday night
Robbie Fowler believes Mohamed Salah holds the key to the Champions League final ahead of Liverpool FC’s clash against AS Roma in the second leg of their last-four clash on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 5-2 winners against the Serie A giants at Anfield last week after the Merseyside outfit produced a dominant performance to take command of the semi-final tie.
Summer signing Salah scored twice in the first half to give Liverpool FC a half-time lead before the Egypt international created goals for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane after the break.
The 25-year-old moved to Liverpool FC from AS Roma in a £39m deal last summer to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options despite a disappointing eight-month spell at Chelsea FC in 2014.
Salah has scored 43 times in all competitions this season to help Liverpool FC reach the last four of the competition in Klopp’s second full campaign in charge of the five-time European champions.
Former Liverpool FC striker Fowler named Salah as the key player ahead of their trip to the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.
“The key was Salah, of course. They were terrified of him,” Fowler told the Daily Mirror.
“They backed off because they were so scared of him jinking past to get in behind and that created space not just for him, but for Firmino and Mane too, as well as the full-backs.
“That, to me, will be a key issue for the second leg. Roma’s defenders were frozen in fear – sometimes literally – by him and that is not going to disappear in the space of a week.
“They will be just as petrified.
“So the question will be, what can they come up with? They REALLY will need to sort something different out for him because their defending with three at the back and the space they left in behind was shocking.”
Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and are on course to secure successive top-four finishes.
The Reds signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a world record deal in the January transfer window.