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Roma, Alisson: “We can stop Salah as a team”

Roma Goalkeeper Alisson belives that Mo Salah can win the Balon d’Or but also that the Giallorossi can beat Liverpool on Wednesday.

La Magica need to win 3-0 or 4-1 in the Second-Leg of their Champions League Semi-Final against Liverpool tomorrow, as they lost 5-2 at Anfield.

Salah, formerly of Roma, scored twice and caused problems all night for his old club and Alisson praised his former teammate in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He has innate talent and now he’s really confident in himself, we can stop him playing as a team though. Liverpool, on the other hand, have collective quality. They’re ruthless, sly and quick.

“Just think of Firmino: he’s phenomenal. He doesn’t give you any reference point and that’s a real headache for opponents. That means we’ll need teamwork and not just defence.

“Messi is the best player I’ve played against, but now Momo is feared like the Argentine.

“With the season he’s having he can compete for the Ballon d’Or, or at least reach the top three even though things things are decided after the Champions League final and above all the World Cup”.

The Giallorossi were 5-0 down at Anfield but a system change to 4-4-2 saw the Romans score two late goals and give themselves a glimmer of hope.

“It was one of the worst feelings of my career, I had a sense of impotence. I felt bad for two days.

“We started well, but after the first goal we collapsed mentally and physically, we couldn’t stop them anymore.

“Maybe the system of play counted, that another approach could have helped the team, but what determines everything is the attitude.

“On the pitch we have to run and be careful. Fortunately, we scored two goals, so we’re still alive.

“We know our true strength, we know that at home our fans are a 12th man and that at home we haven’t conceded a goal in Europe.

“We beat Chelsea and Barcelona 3-0, and that gives us confidence. We have a 50 per cent chance of going through”.

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