It was a breath-taking night at Anfield and the Kop had plenty to sing about as Liverpool came out of the traps early with three goals in quick succession and they found themselves 3-0 up within half an hour.
It was the Egyptian goal machine Mohamed Salah (£8.17) who found himself in the right place at the right time to open the scoring and he smashed in from short range. Salah’s 38th goal of the season was perhaps one of the easiest he’s had this year and the goal meant the positive vibes surrounding the Egyptian continued; with Salah seeing an immediate increase as high as £8.27. On any other day, Salah would likely have netted the Media Dividends, but with the world still drooling over Cristiano Ronaldo’s phenomenal strike from the night before, it was another easy victory for Ronaldo (£9.33).
Salah’s strike was soon followed up by an absolute belter from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£1.64) who smashed in a missile-strike of a shot from outside the box. As an Arsenal fan, I’m just wondering why he never had that in the locker when he was at the Emirates? Chamberlain enjoyed his own injection of investment from traders and he ended the night 12p up; not a bad night for the midfielder.
While Liverpool fans were still pinching themselves, Sadie Mane (£2.89) gave them even more reason to smile about as he headed in after a sumptuous cross from Salah. As the first half drew to a close, Man City were in need of a serious Pep talk (pun intended)
In fairness to Man City, they looked much more settled in the second half, but they still weren’t able to get that crucial away goal. Perhaps one of the biggest talking points of the second half occurred when Mo Salah was forced off with what looks like a potential groin strain. The Egyptian was able to walk off independently, but the sign of possible injury, was enough to force the hand of some traders and Salah dipped back down to £8.14, before settling back at £8.17 this morning. The fact that Salah was able to walk on the pitch come the end of the match suggests this may well have been more of a cautionary withdrawal for the Egyptian.
Two players in particular summed up Liverpool’s incredible performance on the night, as both of their young wing backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (£1.36) and Andrew Robertson (£1.15) shone from start to finish. The youngsters delivered brilliant performances on the night and traders sat up and took notice. Robertson enjoyed an increase in value by over 23% whereas Alexander-Arnold was up 14.4%. With both defenders rising to the occasion, Liverpool will feel confident in the fact that they have their defensive flanks covered for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, Barcelona enjoyed a 4-1 victory of their own, as they brushed aside Italian side Roma. Two own goals and a third from Gerard Pique (£1.56) gave Barca a 3 goal cushion. An Edin Dzeko (93p) strike gave Roma some hope, but this was soon dashed as Luis Suarez (£2.76) grabbed his first Champions League goal of the season late on. The result leaves Barcelona looking comfortable and with the Spanish giants securing a foothold in the tie, many fans will already be weighing up who they could be facing in the semi-final. On the basis of Liverpool’s performance last night, the Reds will certainly fancy their chances against anyone.