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Robbie Fowler: Roma defenders were terrified of Salah

Mohamed Salah ballon d'or

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes that Mohamed Salah was the key to the Reds big win against AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League semifinal.

The Egyptian has shone since returning to the Premier League, scoring 43 goals while providing 15 assists in 47 games across all competitions. His 42nd and 43 goals came against Roma last Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal, helping Liverpool secure a 5-2 win.

Fowler, who scored 183 goals for the Reds throughout his career, gave his expectations on Salah’s upcoming performance against Roma in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal.

“The key against Roma was Salah, of course. They were terrified of him,” Fowler told the Mirror.

He added, “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.”

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On whether Salah score at his former team’s stadium, Stadio Olimpico, Fowler stated, “I think that, for all Roma’s ­defensive excellence in the Stadio Olimpico this season and for all the talk of them not conceding a goal in the Champions League there, Liverpool will be confident they can score in Rome.”

He added, “Hell. Salah will think he’s destined to score against his old club, and that will be a good thing.”

The Reds are set to travel to Rome this week for their second leg of the Champions League semifinal, hoping to reach a second European final under Jurgen Klopp.

A pre-dental student majoring in Applied Kinesiology at Rutgers University, Emergency Medical Technician, Reporter at KingFut.com and a devoted Real Madrid fan.

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