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 By Ben Gladwell

DynaMO Kiev: Liverpool, Mohamed Salah's conquest of Roma stuns media

ESPN were in the Egyptian capital of Cairo as Liverpool fans react to their 5-2 Champions League first leg victory against AS Roma at Anfield.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into the the mind of Eusebio Di Francesco to explain the Roma head coach's tactics against Liverpool.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah stole the headlines in Italy and England after his heroics at Anfield on Tuesday night against Roma, but there was still a warning -- greater in the Italian media than in the English papers -- that this Champions League semifinal tie still has some legs on it following a 5-2 win for the Reds.

The Sun - DynaMo Kiev

"There is no stopping Mo Salah. Surely there is no stopping Liverpool. If they can hold their nerve inside the Olympic Stadium next week, they will reach the Champions League final [in Kiev next month]. There will be doubts, some recriminations - and rightly so - after gifting Roma two late goals at Anfield. By then Liverpool had scored five, racing away with this first leg because Salah was at his compelling best. He scored two and made two in a remarkable -- and frankly ridiculous -- Liverpool performance. When Salah was substituted, Liverpool lost their rhythm."

Daily Mail - The Mo Show

"At 75 minutes his time was up and, with it, arguably the greatest performance by an individual for an English club side in Europe. The less said about what happened after that the better, but Mohamed Salah, two goals, two assists in a Champions League semi-final, is a display that will live long in the memory. That Roma scored two goals to keep this tie alive, just, after he was withdrawn only goes to underline his influence. While he was active the Italians could not get back in the game. Once he was gone it was as if a weight had been lifted, a monster becalmed."

The Times - Unstoppable (when Salah's on the pitch)

"Three hours before kick-off, hundreds of Liverpool fans, eventually more than a thousand, gathered on the roads leading to Anfield to await the team coaches. They held their flares high, sending plumes of red smoke into the sky and sang their new song about Mo Salah, running down the wing, Salah, Salah, Egyptian king. They sang of Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, beloved former players, but the loudest salute was for Salah to the tune of James' Sit Down. It was heard again and again before kick-off and with even greater passion when Liverpool's No 11 took control of this game. Even an Italian back line could not live with him."

Daily Telegraph - Salah the unstoppable

"This is already a remarkable Champions League semi-final and quite how Roma still have a faint chance for the second leg is hard to understand when Eusebio Di Francesco's players mostly looked a team with the wrong tactics, against the wrong opponents on the wrong night. At five goals down they had been cut to pieces by one man in particular, the footballer who may yet turn out to be the outstanding individual in this Champions League season and many more to come. Mohamed Salah bewitched Roma with two goals and two assists, and for the bits that even he might consider impossible, there was an away defence willing to wave the 43-goal attacker through the gaps. Others have defended Salah with their lives, because that is the only way to play against him, but his former club left him under the responsibility of the Brazilian defender Juan Jesus who by the end needed saving from himself."

Daily Express - Mo Men 5, Romans 2

"Salah runs riot but Italians hit back on astonishing night at Anfield. Mohamed Salah turned on the magic again last night as Liverpool produced a stunning five-star show at Anfield. Newly crowned player of the year Salah tormented former club Roma with two goals and two assists as Jurgen Klopp's men romped into a 5-0 lead in the Champions League semifinal. Two goals from Roberto Firmino and one from Sadio Mane looked to have rendered the second leg a formality. But late strikes from Edin Dzeko and substitute Diego Perotti, from the penalty spot, gave the Italian club a lifeline."

La Gazzetta dello Sport - Roma KO: Steep bill ['Conto Salahto,' a play on the phrase 'Conto Salato' -- to overpay at a resaurant]

"In the first leg of the semifinals, the great ex scores two and sets up another two, inspiring Liverpool to a 5-2 win. Dzeko and Perotti avoid the rout. In Liverpool, Di Francesco get his tactics wrong and the Egyptian proves deadly. When he leaves the field, the Giallorossi score two. But it is not over after Anfield. Not yet. It was a massacre; hell and anguish for a long time, with Roma literally at the mercy of Salah -- a monster. The semifinal could have ended here without there being any point to the return leg, but Roma, whose only merit on a misguided night, never gave up."

Il Corriere dello Sport - Salah: a night as king; Roma, it's not over

"It seemed like it was all over after Barcelona, but we all know how that ended. With a magnificent Roma able to go and get one of the most entrancing qualifications ever. It all seemed lost at 5-0 but a proud Roma, with some tactical modifications, took themselves the possibility of playing their chance in the return leg with Liverpool. Because while it is true that this is still a heavy defeat, Roma have shown once again that they are alive, they have the character in their coach and that they can punish any momentary relaxation of the English players who were anything but invulnerable."

Tuttosport - Come on Roma, don't give up

"The Egyptian proves to be a nightmare for his ex-teammates, with two goals and two assists. Dzeko and Perotti keep the doors open for a comeback late on. Liverpool were too electric and hungry; Roma were too psychologically and tactically fragile: the opening 70 minutes were a master lecture from Klopp, illuminated by a player in a truly rich vein of form. Salah was destructive without pity, moving the Reds closer to Kiev."

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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