Police arrest 2 on suspicion of attempted murder before Liverpool-Roma game

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A brace apiece from the irrepressible Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, either side of a Sadio Mané strike, had the Reds cruising at Anfield.

Salah's performance earned him several front-page accolades in yesterday's Italian newspapers, with La Gazzetta dello Sport's headline reading, "Roma KO - Conto Salato", where salato, or expensive, referred to the price that Roma had paid in Liverpool. There was no escape for Roma 11 minutes after half-time either, Salah scampering down the right and squaring for Mané to roll in the third.

Salah has been at the heart of it all, so much so that despite the fact he has faced 25 different opponents since joining in the summer - there is only one club that Salah hasn't scored or at least provided an assist against.

"The perpetrators of this ignominious attack have no place in and around football and we trust they will be dealt with utmost severity by the authorities".

"We need to take this little percentage of a chance to try to do what we did against Barcelona", said Monchi, the feted Spaniard who previously did a wonderful job as sporting director at Sevilla. The Egyptian stung the palms of Alisson early on but Roma failed to heed the warning.

Di Francesco was upset at the way his side failed to win enough battles in midfield and furious that they conceded three times in 13 minutes after the break, but he insists they must believe they can reach the final.

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Ben Gladwell, Roma: Roma's powers of recovery beggars belief. In the previous round, they battled back from a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona, winning 3-0 in the second leg in Rome to secure a historic triumph on away goals.

The head coach explained that his players had misconstrued his instructions, prompting them to set up in a different system. We made one defensive mistake, but that is the situation and now it is 5-2. When I arrived, the offer [from Liverpool] was €30m but we managed to get it up to nearly €50m with bonuses.

"I thought the penalty was harsh, I thought his arms were by his side".

"Here we started strong, but then suffered under their pace and the ferocity of their attacks".

"Fortunately we got a reaction".

Four points off safety with only three games remaining, Stoke could even go down if they lose and Swansea City beat Chelsea, who are still intent on denying Liverpool a top-four finish.