Well that was annoying, wasn’t it? Liverpool basically had two feet in the final when they were 5-0 up against Roma at Anfield last Tuesday, but by conceding two goals they gave the Italians an outside chance of knocking them out.
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It’s almost as if three goals is a worse lead for Liverpool than two would be, because three is exactly what Roma overcame in the previous round when they unexpectedly knocked out Barcelona. They also beat Chelsea 3-0 at home in the group stage, and narratives form swiftly around such omens.
That’s before considering some of the defensive collapses which the Reds have undoubtedly exhibited in 2017/18 too. To make their lives far easier on Wednesday night Liverpool need to score at least one goal, so let’s consider some facts.
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