Liverpool boss made several changes to the regular starting lineup. Young academy prospects Neco Williams and Tyler Morton alongside fringe players like Origi, Phillips and Tsimikas started the game for Liverpool.
AC Milan started the game on the front foot. Fikayo Tomori landed the first blow of the night scoring from close range in the 29th minute. Minutes later Salah scored his 20th goal of the season from a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot that was saved but fell perfectly into his path.
Meanwhile after the restart in the 55th minute, Divock Origi put Liverpool ahead with a powerful header past Mike Maignan. This defeat meant that the Italian club finished bottom of Group B and are out of Europe. While Porto finished 3rd and get demoted to the UEFA Europa League.
Liverpool finished top of Group B with a perfect record. The reds become the first English club to win all six of their group stage games. In conclusion, Atletico Madrid finished 2nd in the group with 7 points and are through to the next round alongside Liverpool.
Liverpool Player ratings vs AC Milan
Alisson Becker 6
Alisson was handed the armband for the night by Jurgen Klopp. However he could not do anything about the first goal. Saved shots from Kessie last on to keep his side ahead.
Neco Williams 6
The right-back looked confident and defended well against Theo Hernandez. In addition he showed a good understanding down the right flank with Salah.
Ibrahima Konate 9
Didn’t look out of his dept against an experienced striker in Ibrahimovic. He read the game very well, made some key tackles and stepped effortlessly out of defence when needed.
Nat Phillips 7
The Centre-half looked composed and assured. Firstly, Made some good clearance’s of a few balls over the top and secondly held the line well against the Milan frontline.
Kostas Tsimikas 7
Tsimikas looked very positive in possession and made some good runs down the left flank. Showed good decision-making when facing two-on-one situations in the defensive third.
Tyler Morton 7
The young midfielder didn’t quite get a foothold in the game during the first half-hour of the game. But started to impose himself on the proceedings during the end of the first half.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8
Alex looked very lively and energetic and made some good runs driving the ball forward into the Milan box. It was his shot that led to the Liverpool opening goal.
Takumi Minamino 5
Minamino was at fault for the AC Milan opener as he completely missed the ball from the corner and left his keeper exposed. Showed no real attacking threat for the most part of the game.
Mohamed Salah 8
Salah scored the opening goal for Liverpool and takes his tally up to 20 goals for the season. Above all, yet again looked like the best player on the pitch.
Divock Origi 7
The striker scored the 94-minute winner in the last game against Wolves and yet again scored the winner against Milan this time. Looked energetic and full of running.
Sadio Mane 6
Mane struggled to get into the game and looked a little inconsistent in possession in the first half. But pressed Tomori into making a mistake that led to Liverpool second goal.
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