Roma stalwart: Liverpool relied on ‘constant long balls’

Date published: Wednesday 25th April 2018 8:00

Liverpool “constantly went for the long ball” in their 5-2 victory over Roma on Tuesday, according to Daniele De Rossi.

Roma were tossed aside by a breathtaking Liverpool side in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. We defy you not to enjoy them.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scored twice, with Sadio Mane adding another, as the Reds put one foot in next month’s final.

Roma scored two late away goals to give themselves a chance in the second leg, but Liverpool are now the overwhelming favourites.

De Rossi started at Anfield but was substituted after 67 minutes, and says Liverpool “constantly went for the long ball” in the first leg.

“We can cling to what we’ve already done in the quarter-final, which certainly tells us it’s possible,” De Rossi told Mediaset Premium.

“It’s our duty to believe and to try, for us and above all for the people who love Roma.

“The only difference is that against Barcelona I saw a game that was unlucky, with many dubious incidents. Here we started strong, but then suffered under their pace and the ferocity of their attacks. We have to learn those lessons for the second leg.

“Not having seen the game back, it would be wrong for me to give a tactical view of what happened. Liverpool are strong, let’s not forget, and they did very well, but we had 20-25 very good minutes at the start.

“They constantly went for the long ball, from any area of the pitch, and it’s difficult to cover that space when there are players who are always faster than you.”


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