ROMA GOALKEEPER, ALISSON INSIST MO SALAH IS NOW ‘FEARED’ JUST LIKE MESSI

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Roma keeper Alisson has tipped Mo Salah for the Ballon d’Or, but insists Roma have a 50% chance of reaching the Champions League final after the Italian’s scored two late goals at Anfield in their 5-2 defeat to Liverpool.

Salah left Roma for Anfield last summer and has enjoyed an incredible debut season at the club, scoring 43 times in all competitions.

Salah’s man-of-the-match performance in the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semifinal first leg clash against Roma, put the Reds in a commanding position ahead of the return leg at the Stadio Olympico.

Alisson told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Messi is the best footballer I have ever played against but now Momo [Mo Salah] is going to be feared like the Argentine.

“With the season he is having, he can be in contention for the Ballon D’Or, or at least be in the top three, even if the games are done after the Champions League and especially the World Cup.

“It is hard to stop him. He has a natural talent and now an incredible belief in himself but we can stop him playing as a team.

“Liverpool, however, have a collective quality.
“They are nasty, cunning, quick. Think about Firminio. He is a phenomenon.
“He does not play as a fixed centre-forward and this gives a lot of problems to opponents.

Therefore we need to work as a team and not just rely on the defence.”

Alisson believes that Roma’s remarkable home record in this year’s Champions League coupled with their fans would help see off Jurgen Klopp’s side.

He added;  “We know our real strength, we know that the crowd will be like a 12th man, that we have never conceded goals at home in Europe, that we have beaten Chelsea and Barcelona 3-0.

“And all of this gives us confidence. We have a 50 per cent chance of going through.”

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