It was a thrilling evening at Anfield as Liverpool took one step closer to the Champions League final with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Roma.
Liverpool’s wide array of attacking talent was in full form and it was, of course, Mo Salah (£9.39) who broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. Salah found the net again just before half-time and his brace meant that Liverpool went in midway through the match with a 2-0 lead. When it comes to Salah, it just seems as though there is no stopping the Egyptian both on the pitch and on the Index! It has been interesting to note the recent dip in Salah’s value; with the Egyptian slipping down as ‘low’ as £8.94 last week. This slight dip was perhaps a result of the fact that many traders could be seeking potential profits from investing in transfer rumours. In addition to this, with Salah recently being awarded the PFA player of the year, it could be that some thought that this individual accolade was Salah’s crowning moment of the season and perhaps his star was about to fade, but last night showed us that is certainly not the case. With two goals and two assists, Salah came back to haunt his old club Roma and he once again proved beyond the doubt why he is considered such a valuable asset on the Index. With two Media Dividend wins on the bounce, Salah is already looking good to lead the way for the Media Dividends again today.
Salah was only outdone to the Match Day Dividends by the brilliance of his attacking teammate Roberto Firmino (£3.10). Although Salah has rightly been in the spotlight throughout the season, his Brazilian partner in crime has also had a cracking season and Firmino’s Champions League form this year has been breathtaking. The Brazilian attacker has bagged 10 goals in 11 European matches this season. Although Firmino does not yet command the sort of value that Salah does on the Index, his performance yesterday meant that he broke the £3.00 barrier for the first time since he has been on the platform. Sadio Mane (£2.93) bagged the other goal for Liverpool, bringing his own tally in Europe to eight. It really does look as though Liverpool are coping just fine since the loss of Phillipe Coutinho (£3.04) and with these three leading the line, the Reds will certainly fancy their chances of bagging the trophy come to the end of the season.
Perhaps the only regret Liverpool will have is that they allowed Roma to get a foothold back into the tie. Two late goals from Edin Dzeko (£1.06) and Diego Perotti (£1.10) gave Roma those crucial away goals and they now go into the second leg in Italy with a slither of hope. Roma’s goalkeeper Alisson (£1.04) came away with the top defensive Performance Ranking despite a low score of just 85. The Brazilian keeper has been linked with Liverpool in the past and on the evidence of last night’s showing, he is surely impressed with what he has seen.
With one more leg to go, Liverpool will definitely need to respect Roma in Italy, as the Italians have already proved that they can make those away goals count when it matters most; just ask Barcelona. Although Roma will be buoyed by their two late goals, it is hard to see Liverpool not being able to find the net in the second leg, and should the Reds find themselves in the final, it will be very interesting to see just how bright Salah and the rest of the gang can continue to shine on Football Index!