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Roy Keane on Roma’s performance: ‘I would consider retiring’

Roy Keane has said that if he was one the Roma defenders who were humiliated by Liverpool on Tuesday night he would consider retiring from football.

Liverpool have a big advantage over Roma after winning the first leg of their Champions League semi-final 5-2 at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all scored in a display for which Keane was full of praise.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was critical of Roma’s defensive display

‘Roma will be no doubt better at home but Liverpool tore them to shreds and could have scored ten pretty straightforward tactics get the ball forward and let the attackers do the rest,’ the former Manchester United captain said on ITV Sport. 

‘They were outstanding and I can’t see a way back for Roma.’

Keane went on to criticise Roma’s defence but also insisted that Liverpool stopped short of going for the kill.

Mohamed Salah scored twice and provided two assists against Roma on Tuesday evening

Mohamed Salah scored twice and provided two assists against Roma on Tuesday evening

Salah took his goals total to 43 for the campaign after his Champions League semi-final double

Salah took his goals total to 43 for the campaign after his Champions League semi-final double

He said: ‘They gave up after about an hour and downed tools. If I played like some of their defenders [Roma] did I would consider retiring from football. We can slag Roma off but Liverpool had to take advantage of that.’

Jurgen Klopp’s side host Stoke on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League before travelling to Rome for second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday night.

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon said the two goals Liverpool conceded – scored by Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti – were because they lost focus.

Dixon said: ‘Letting those two goals in at the end… [Dejan] Lovren has that in his locker but his positioning for the goal isn’t great and it looked like they switched off a bit. 

‘Lovren has his back to the player and he should be able to read that. It’s a good finish from [Edikn] Dzeko but it’s a poor, poor goal.’ 

Roma struggled for most of the match against Liverpool in the first leg on Tuesday night 

Roma struggled for most of the match against Liverpool in the first leg on Tuesday night 

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