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Liverpool vs AC Milan (3-2): Match Summary and Analysis
A rollercoaster football game with plenty of chances for both sides as the home side completed a comeback win.
After the fabulous win against Leeds United, Klopp made four changes, with J. Gomez stepping in for V. van Dijk. Club captain Henderson and Keita also came into the midfield, and there was a surprise start for Origi.
Milan had three changes to the side that won against Lazio. Kjaer, I. Bennacer, and A. Saelemaekers started. The outgoings were A. Romagnoli, S. Tonali and Florenzi. Z. Ibrahimović was out due to an injury. O. Giroud started on the bench, with Rebic leading the line for the Italian side.
As we are all aware of the stunning Anfield atmosphere on European nights, this was a great one too. With the two European giants meeting for the first time outside of a major final, the full capacity Anfield was thriving.
Liverpoolstarted the game with high intensity as they usually do, and Milan struggled to cope with closing down from Klopp’s side. The first five minutes were relentless from Liverpool as Origi and Jota had good chances to take the lead. A few minutes later, J. Job Matip’s header from a Trent corner was saved by M. Maignan.
The relentless Liverpool pressure while attacking the Kop end finally paid off when Salah and T. Alexander-Arnold combined beautifully on the right side as Salah played a lovely through ball into Trent’s path, who charged into the box before taking a shot that was deflected off Tomori into the net. The goal was coming from a long time as Milan were unable to deal with Liverpool’s pressing.
Liverpool did not slow down; the continuous pressing gave Milan all sorts of problems to progress the ball forward. The home side were easily winning the midfield battle as Milan had no answers to Liverpool’s pressing. Salah had a shot blocked by F. Tomori before he had a great opportunity to put Liverpool two up as the reds were awarded a penalty. The Egyptian took a poor shot which the Milan keeper saved.
Liverpool’s relentless pressure continued as they kept creating good chances but failed to convert them. The game, however, turned on its head inside two minutes just before halftime. After successfully surviving Liverpool’s pressure for the whole half, Milan scored two goals in two minutes and took the lead.
The first one was a great passing move finished brilliantly by A. Rebić. The second goal was a simple tap in for B. Abdelkader Diaz after T. Hernández’s shot was blocked on the line by A. Robertson but, the rebound was inevitable to go in.
After total domination of the first half, Liverpool found themselves a goal down after two extraordinary minutes at Anfield.
Liverpool did start the second half on the front foot but were more careful after what happened at the end of the first half as the reds were saved by the offside flag was S. Thorup Kjær’s goal was immediately cancelled by the assistant.
Liverpool were returning into their rhythm and took just four minutes to level the game. The Egyptian finished D. Okoth Origi’s clever chipped pass for M. Salah Ghaly as Liverpool were back in the game.
Liverpool were again becoming quite unstoppable for the away side. The amazing Anfield atmosphere was being the 12th man for the home side. Robertson had a drive that was saved by Maignan. J. Klopp had to do something to add more clinical ability to Liverpool’s attack. S. Mané replaced Origi with the intent to get the next goal.
D. Teixeira da Silva had another great chance to put Liverpool ahead, but a strong defensive display kept Milan in the game but, the barrier was soon broken as J. Henderson executed an excellent volley to get his side the lead. This goal witnessed an Anfield eruption, with the fans going crazy in what was an engaging game throughout.
Towards the end, Milan did push for a point, but the reds successfully saw the game out.
Fixture Details: Liverpool vs Milan (15/09/2021)
Author: Devashish Akolekar