Crazy Stat: Liverpool Boast the Best Attacking Trio!

Forget about BBC or (the late) MSN, we have a new attacking trio in town and you can call them MSF—Mo, Sadio and Firmino.

The Liverpool trident of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has been on a tear in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and they brought their greatness to new heights after increasing their tournament tally to 28 goals—more than any other TEAM in the competition.

The three scored Liverpool’s five goals against Roma, which allowed them to reach the mark. Liverpool have made a total of 38 goals in this year’s Champions League while the closest team, Real Madrid, have 28.

Liverpool's Salah, Mane and Firmino are showing that they are the new trio to watch for

Salah, Mane and Firmino have a combined total of 28 goals in this year’s Champions League

Furthermore, they have now equalled the 28 goals scored by the BBC (Cristiano Ronaldo 17, Gareth Bale 6, Karim Benzema 5) in the 2013-14 tournament and surpassed the 27 set by the MSN (Lionel Messi 10, Neymar 10, Luis Suarez 7) in 2014-15.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it’s also the first time in UCL history that three players have scored eight or more goals for a team in the same season. Both Salah and Firmino have 10 goals while Mane has eight.

More amazingly, Europe’s grandest club football competition isn’t over yet and the three have a chance to add more to their scoring record.

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Now it Really is All Over

Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma

Liverpool are heading to Russia, it’s arrivederci Roma!

Despite two late goals from the Italians, make no mistake, this tie is over.

All the smart sports betting money and the betting odds now point to Liverpool being in Kiev next month to bid for a sixth European Cup.

Football games like this simply aren’t supposed to happen in the latter stages of Europe’s premier competition.

And despite some suggestions Roma could repeat their 3-0 home quarter-final success over Barcelona (a repeat result would put them in the final), it simply won’t happen.

This is a decent Roma side but no more. On their day, this is a very good Liverpool side.

Once again newly crowned player of the year Mo Salah will lead the plaudits.

His first half double against the club he left last summer put the Merseysiders on the brink of the final.

After losing the unfortunate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury early on and seeing Aleksandar Kolarov’s shot pushed onto the bar by German goalkeeper Loris Karius, Salah curled home a beautiful opener and a raucous Anfield was rocking.

So were Roma and after Dejan Lovren headed against the bar, Salah grabbed his second of the night and the 43rd of an incredible season.

Just 11 minutes after the restart, Salah played in Sadio Mane for the third before the Egyptian king set up Roberto Firmino to tap home the fourth.

Firmino then headed home the fifth as dumbfounded Roma were blown away.

Liverpool were breathtaking. Roma, despite late replies from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti, were brutally beaten.

This was Liverpool’s night and the classy Salah, who didn’t celebrate his goals against his former team-mates, is their king.

They are all but in the May 26 showpiece.

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Bet Online on the Race for Second

It may not be the prize that their coaches wanted, but for Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool, second place is up for grabs and is definitely worth having.

Automatic entry to the Champions League group stages is one matter, of course; but let’s face it—in a league with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in it, and some of the best players in the world gracing football games for all the top six, this second place takes some winning.

So that’s where I’m looking for this week’s Premier League handicap betting picks.

Bournemouth vs Manchester United (April 19, 02:45 GMT+8)

Manchester United’s defeat to West Brom has opened a door for the chasers, but Jose Mourinho will remind his players they’ve occupied second place for longer than any rival. David de Gea, who has been player of the season for the Red Devils, will have a busy time in Bournemouth, but I expect a professional display from United.

So I’m backing under 2.5 goals in a 🌟🌟 bet at 2.16.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur (April 18, 02:45 GMT+8)

The Seagulls are almost there in their epic survival campaign, but they have a devil of a run in starting with the visit of Spurs. Harry Kane, desperate to catch league-leading scorer Mo Salah, will try to score with any part of his body (or kit) and inspire Spurs to get back to winning ways.

I think Brighton may get the result they need though; and a double chance, win or draw, is available at 2.39 for a 🌟🌟 bet.

West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool (April 21, 19:30 GMT+8)

One thing I won’t back against is Mo Salah getting yet another goal to add to his 30 so far in the league. He’s been outstanding all season as part of a thrilling attacking set up at Anfield. The Baggies will still be smiling after their stunning win at Old Trafford, but I suspect they won’t be after 90 minutes with Mo and pals.

My 🌟🌟🌟 bet is Liverpool to win, at odds of 2.03 with a -1.00 goal handicap.

A short explanation on how our (🌟) bets are worth:

🌟🌟🌟 = £20
🌟🌟 = £10
🌟 = £5

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Salah’s feat astonishes Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he will do everything he can to ensure Liverpool's Mohamed Salah wins the Golden Boot this season.

The Egypt international scored in Saturday's 3-0 win against Bournemouth to bring his goal tally in all competitions this season up to an incredible 40.

Salah moved to Anfield from Serie A side Roma last summer and now has 30 Premier League goals to his name – five more than Tottenham's Harry Kane, who failed to get on the scoresheet in his side's 3-1 home loss to Manchester City.

Klopp said of Salah reaching 40 goals: "It's good, impressive. What a number, wow. And what a number of goals we have scored as a team, around 100 as a team, I don't know, didn't count.

"A completely normal boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, Golden Boot, it's completely normal, we will not be in his way.

"He knows that the way we play suits him. You can see that the boys are looking and searching for him a little bit too much. It's like 'give it to him', so we have to mix it up a little bit. He is the threat, but the ball is here, but it's all good.

"As a striker, you have to make decisions, if you score, everybody loves you, if you don't score then, hmm… then people start discussing, so it's all fine."

Salah is 1/8 to be the Premier League's leading goalscorer this season, while Kane is available at 5/1.

Salah to make Roma return

Liverpool will face Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League, while holders Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich in the other tie.

The Reds, inspired by former Roma forward Mohamed Salah, reached the last four by overpowering Premier League rivals Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, while Roma pulled off a huge upset by overturning a 4-1 first-leg deficit to oust Barcelona.

The first leg of their semi-final clash takes place at Anfield, with the two sides having met in the European Cup final back in 1984, when the Reds prevailed in a penalty shootout in Rome.

Their only previous meetings in the Champions League came in 2001/02, when the two sides were drawn together in the second group stage.

The game in Rome ended goalless, while goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory in the Anfield clash.

Meanwhile, two-time defending champions Real, fresh from a narrow escape against Juventus, are very familiar with Bayern, who they have played no fewer than 18 times in the Champions League era alone.

Last season the two European powerhouses met at the quarter-final stage of the competition, with Real running out 6-3 aggregate winners after extra-time was needed in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The first leg in the Allianz Arena finished 2-1 to the Spaniards, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring both of their goals, while the Portuguese superstar completed a hat-trick in the return in the Spanish capital.

Bayern ended both games with ten men, with Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal the players to see red.

Real are available at 15/8 to win the Champions League for a third season in a row, with Bayern priced at 9/4, Liverpool 9/4 and Roma 9/1.

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There are Exciting Football Games to Catch!

UEFA Champions League SF Draw

Depending on who you support, you might be praying to the football betting gods or you’re already making a bet online.

The Champions League semi-finals have just been determined, and things are looking to be a lot hectic when April 24 comes along! Europe will shake as titans clash for four games of exciting football! Who will make it to Ukraine and play for the coveted Champions League trophy?

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Madrid fans were probably hoping to get a bit of a breather in the semis, but they just had to square off against the most dangerous team of the bunch.

Now that Bayern have secured their Bundesliga title, all they have to do is focus all of their resources on winning the DFB Pokal and the Champions League. It’s hard to find a more potent trio up front than Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and the currently injured Kingsley Coman.

Los Blancos could hope that Coman and Manuel Neuer don’t reach full fitness in time for the first leg at the Allianz Arena, but they should know better than to count on wishful thinking. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema need to keep up with Bayern if they want a shot at making their third straight Champions League final.

Liverpool vs AS Roma

This is a contest that many should feel excited about. After all, these two took down two of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Liverpool will be hosting Roma with the confidence that they can beat anybody. If you can beat a team that fields a First XI as formidable as Manchester City’s, you can do anything. Jurgen Klopp is a superb coach that commands spectacular players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Roma are also a team to watch out for. Not only did they manage to come back from a 4-1 ditch against Barcelona, they did so in the most convincing fashion. Edin Dzeko will surely do his thing and score goals for Roma. Roma’s chances at cracking the finals will be up to how Eusebio Di Francesco organises his defence against the Reds.

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Positivity key warns Van Dijk

Liverpool record signing Virgil van Dijk says his side will not sit back and try and protect their three-goal lead against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

The Reds hold a major advantage heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Etihad Stadium, but Van Dijk expects head coach Jurgen Klopp to send his players out with a positive mindset nonetheless.

The Dutch defender told reporters: "It is pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead is going to be a bit of a strange situation. We need to come here with the mindset it is still 0-0 and we want to win the game.

"We know we are capable of scoring goals, we know as a team we can defend pretty well, but the main thing is we definitely need to keep the mindset of winning the game instead of defending a lead.

"We are not going to think we are going to concede early. That is not the mindset we want going into the game.

"We are full of confidence, but we know it is going to be a different game. They need to (attack) and we need to be prepared for everything.

"As a team we feel like we are in a great moment and we can make it difficult for any team in the world, but we need to show it."

The Reds will be without captain Jordan Henderson as he serves a one-match suspension, but hope to have leading scorer Mohamed Salah available after he limped out of the first leg with a groin problem.

Liverpool are priced at 1/7 to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals, with a draw after 90 minutes on Tuesday available at 17/4, while the Citizens are 17/2 to claim a 2-0 win in normal time.

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Kane positive in Golden Boot hunt

Harry Kane is refusing to give up on winning the Golden Boot this season despite being five goals behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

The Tottenham striker is currently sitting on 24 Premier League goals for the season as he looks to emulate Thierry Henry's feat between 2003-06 by winning the Golden Boot for three successive seasons.

However, Kane could yet have another goal added to his tally if Tottenham appeal against the Premier League Match Centre's decision to award their second goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Stoke to the England international instead of Christian Eriksen.

He was adamant that the ball brushed his shoulder on its way past Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland and is hopeful that the Premier League will take his word for it and give him the goal.

If not, Kane still feels he can overhaul Salah in Spurs' remaining six matches after the Egyptian took full advantage of his recent ankle injury lay-off by adding five more goals to his own tally in Liverpool's games against Watford and Crystal Palace.

The 24-year-old said: "I still believe I can.

"Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go. I've got to focus on my game. I can't control what he does.

"Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season."

Kane is available at 9/2 to win the Golden Boot this season, while Salah is priced at 1/7.

Klopp satisfied with derby point

Jurgen Klopp said he was happy with another clean sheet as his Liverpool team drew 0-0 away at neighbours Everton.

With the derby game sandwiched between the two Champions League ties against Manchester City, he made five changes from the side that beat City 3-0 at Anfield in midweek.

Top scorer Mo Salah was missing from the 18 and, after the excitement of beating Pep Guardiola's side, this was a game lacking in drama with the home side having the better chances, eepecially towards the end.

However, for Klopp it was a point gained and he was satisfied to get away from Goodison Park with honours even.

He told the BBC: "A point is OK. Everton were always ready to fight but we didn't give them the opportunity until the late stages, we stopped playing football and were a bit lucky. But that is what we have to take. I think it's an absolutely deserved draw.

"For 75 minutes we were completely in charge. I am absolutely OK, it's not the best day in my life but let's carry on. Now we have to focus immediately and be ready again on Tuesday, let's fight for the next round."

The result means that Liverpool missed the chance to go above Manchester United into second in the table but they are secure in the top four with an 11-point lead over fifth placed Chelsea, though the Blues do have two games in hand.

Everton meanwhile stay ninth and the result means they have now gone 15 league derbies without beating their great rivals.

Klopp, again with Manchester City in mind, substituted James Milner and Sadio Mane to keep them fresh for Tuesday night.

Liverpool are 7/4 to reach the Champions League final and are 11/2 to win the trophy.

An English winner of the Champions League is priced at 4/1.

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Klopp ponders Salah involvement

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Mohamed Salah has an outside chance of featuring in the Merseyside derby clash with Everton.

The 25-year-old Egypt international forward limped off early on in the second half of the 3-0 midweek Champions League win over Manchester City, with a groin problem appearing to curtail his involvement.

However, the problem would seem not to be anything too serious, with Klopp having not ruled Salah out of the showdown with the Toffees at Goodison Park at lunchtime on Saturday.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference: "I don't think it makes sense to talk here about what we do with the boys in rehab, but, of course, you can imagine we have tried everything to make him available.

"There are still 24 hours to go pretty much until we start, so let's see what happens."

Salah has enjoyed a stellar first season at Anfield following his £34million move from AS Roma, having already scored 38 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Twenty-nine of those strikes have come in the Premier League, with Salah currently five goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane in the race to be leading scorer in the division this season.

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, with 21, is the only other player to have surpassed the 20-goal mark in the English top-flight.

Salah can currently be backed at 1/8 to be Premier League topscorer come the end of the season, with Kane priced at 6/1 and Aguero 25/1.

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