Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates with Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

4 Things We Learned From Liverpool's Sensational Semi Final Display Against Roma

Another Mohamed Salah masterclass saw Liverpool dominate in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi final tie against Roma on Tuesday night. 


Two goals and two assists from the 'Egyptian King' set Anfield bouncing as the Reds ran rampant to a 5-2 victory over the Italian visitors. However, two away goals gives I Giallorossi a glimmer of hope as they return to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg.


Liverpool's win is perhaps dampened by the knowledge of having conceded two away goals, that still leaves them with a bit of a challenge next week. 


Here's what we learned from the game:

4. Brave AS Roma

It would be understandable that after Liverpool's demolition of Manchester City in the quarter finals, Roma would be wary of coming to Anfield. Roma would have been forgiven for choosing to keep tight a sit back, however, this was not the case. 


Roma came out on a mission as they dominated the first 25 minutes of the game. They looked bigger, stronger, and faster than the host side, leaving many Liverpool fans worried they were set for an upset. 


However, this bravado didn't last long, as the Reds soon turned the tables to dominate for the majority of the game. Despite Liverpool's clear victory, it should be noted that Roma's two away goals could just bolster their bravery for the return leg. 

3. James Milner Is an Unsung Hero

Throughout the campaign James Milner has played a vital role in this Liverpool side, and Tuesday night he did it once again. 


The Englishman once again demonstrated his consistent work ethic, strength and determination, making him one of Liverpool's most valued players but also one of the most underrated. 


Not only did his performance on Tuesday night help his side to a 5-2 victory, but the midfielder went on to break a record himself. Milner become the first player in UCL history to record 9 assists in a single campaign. 


Not so boring after all... 

2. Liverpool's Defence Haven't Quite Ironed Out the Kinks

Liverpool's defence are far from the disastrous state they regularly found themselves in before the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, and while the Dutchman's arrival at Anfield has certainly transformed the Liverpool back four, it seems old habits have a way of creeping back in. 


Once again a defensive error proved costly for Liverpool, as a slip up from Dejan Lovren caused them to concede an away goal to Roma. This lack of concentration allowed the Reds to look like the Liverpool of old for just a moment, but that was all it took for Roma to take advantage and grab two vital away goals.

1. Sublime Mohamed Salah

You can't talk about Liverpool without talking about Mohamed Salah these days. 


It feels as though it was written in the stars for Salah to face his old club in the Champions League the season, following his £34m move to Liverpool. And now his sensational masterclass on Tuesday night makes that price tag look like an absolute bargain. 


With two goals and two assists, the 'Egyptian King' lit up Anfield. His incredible performance saw him surpass Ian Rush's record to become the first Liverpool player to score in 33 different matches in a single season. 


The PFA Player of the Year award is nice, but a UEFA Champions League medal would be even better.