Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool started their way into the Champions League by facing Milan in Group B. Nice clash between two of the tournament’s winners, even meeting in finals. And this Wednesday, on the first date of the aforementioned area, It was 3-2 for the English team with goals from Tomori against, Salah and Henderson. Rebic and Brahim Díaz marked the visit.
Salah and Henderson converted for Liverpool to win on debut. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
A clear domain of Liverpool in the first minutes
Klopp’s team, from the start, imposed the conditions at Anfield, dominating Milan: very high pressure to recover the ball and, after nine minutes into the game, the account was opened. How? Salah connected with Alexander-Arnold, the winger threw the cross, but the ball deflected at Tomori as he tried to close and dislodged Maignan for the homeowner’s opening 1-0.
Although it was Tomori against, Alexander Arnold, celebrated the partial advantage. REUTERS / Phil Noble
Maignan saved Salah a penalty and then also stopped the rebound
About 13 minutes into the game, referee Szymon Marciniak sanctioned a penalty for Liverpool by the hand of Bennacer, Milan’s midfielder, after a shot from Robertson. Salah took charge of the penalty and goalkeeper Maignan flipped to his right, blocking the Egyptian’s violent shot. On the rebound, Diogo Jota tried to make the header goal and again the French goalkeeper sent it to the corner.
Maignan saved the penalty to Salah and the rebound to Diogo Jota. (AP Photo / Rui Vieira)
Milan’s flurry to turn it around in two minutes
Liverpool had the best chances to extend the lead, but towards the end of the first half, Milan were going to turn history in two minutes. First, at 42, a good combination between Saelemaekers and Kessié who played first for Rebic and the Croatian defined Alisson’s far post to put the tie.
The second goal would fall in the 44th minute, in a play that began with Rafael Leao’s run. This opened for Rebic, who instead of defining as the tying goal, played towards the middle to Theo Hernández, who defined with the free bow; Robertson saved on the line, the ball was circling in the small area and Brahim Díaz converted it 2-1 for Milan.
Brahim Díaz pushed the ball to make Milan 2-1. EFE / EPA / Peter Powell
Liverpool reacted quickly
After going into halftime losing undeservedly 2-1, the Reds found the tie: Origi impaled the ball for Salah, who took revenge against Maignan. The Egyptian defined with class for 2-2.
A bad clearance that caused a great goal
The Reds took advantage again after a corner that was taken at the near post and that Bennacer, from a weak game, cleared inwards and in the area of the crescent, the ball was left to Henderson. The midfielder grabbed her over the edge, nailing her against Maignan’s right post in a real goal for the final 3-2.
How do you follow the path for Liverpool and Milan?
The English team, which adds its first three points, will have to visit Porto in Portugal for the second date, on September 28. On the Milan side, he will host Atlético Madrid. Although Rossonero lost, the 0-0 draw between Atleti and Porto is a result that plays in favor of the Italian team.
Atlético drew goalless against Porto, in the other Group B match. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)