Mohamed Salah soared as Liverpool secured a memorable Champions League semi-final win, but boss Jurgen Klopp was “not flying mood-wise” after two late away goals compounded a serious-looking injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Anfield bore witness to a final-four encounter to savour as the newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year underlined his status as one of the world’s best with a virtuoso display against his former club.
Salah stole the show in Liverpool’s first Champions League semi-final for a decade, following up an exquisite opener with a delicate chip and second-half assists for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The latter grabbed another before the Egyptian magician was taken off, with Edin Dzeko and substitute Diego Perotti scoring away goals to cut Liverpool’s first-leg win to 5-2 and give Roma hope ahead of next week’s return leg. We defy you not to enjoy this Liverpool side.
“I see in your faces maybe you are a little bit surprised that I am not flying mood-wise, but we lost a fantastic player tonight and that’s not good news,” Klopp said, having seen midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain go off with a “really bad” suspected knee injury.
Asked if he is talking about his season being over, the Liverpool boss said: “Yeah, it looks like this, unfortunately.
“We don’t know what exactly, but all the medical department is quite concerned without a scan, then you can imagine it is difficult.
“The season is not that long any more, so it doesn’t look good.
“I am a very positive person and (hope) it only feels bad but it is not that bad.
“So, I am not really in the mood to talk about specific, fantastic things.”