Roma will believe in repeat miracle, says Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum

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Just like most football fans on Tuesday night, Robin van Persie found it hard to explain the incredible nature of Mohamed Salah's performance against Roma in Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.

There were clashes between Liverpool and Roma supporters shortly before kick-off. "It's a nightmare when you are up against him", he said.

The Egyptian scored two brilliant goals in the first half against his former club to set Juergen Klopp´s side on their way to victory in the semi-final first leg at Anfield.

Roma took this chance and came storming back through goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti (penalty) to reduce the margin to 2-5.

Witnesses say he was injured when a fight broke out between Roma and Liverpool fans outside a pub shortly before kick-off. We have done it before. "But whoever doesn't believe should stay at home". But, at the end of a chastening 90 minutes, he was left to rue his words as Liverpool ruthlessly exploited the visitors' defensive weakness and tactical naivety. Roma battered 5-2 in the first leg of the semifinals thanks to the man they sold to their opponents for what now feels like a trifling £34 million ($47m). "It is still a very positive result tonight".

Midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain said he was devastated to have picked up a knee injury in the match, thereby ending his role in the Champions' League and the World Cup.

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Roberto Firmino, who also netted a brace, and Sadio Mane added the other goals amid an electrifying atmosphere at Anfield.

The Egyptian´s strikes brought him to a remarkable 43 goals in all competitions this season, keeping him at the front of the list of top scorers in Europe, one ahead of Real Madrid´s talisman Ronaldo and two ahead of Barcelona´s Messi. "We will not be making any further statement at this time", the statement finished.

Chasing a first ever Champions League hat-trick, Salah would have been forgiven for going for goal as he bore down on Alisson once more 11 minutes into the second period.

"It's a massive game, we need to be ready, we will try everything we can to be ready for that". "He showed that at Roma, now at Liverpool".

Klopp said: "For a long time it was a flawless performance, for 80 minutes or so".

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