Liverpool and AC Milan enjoy another classic encounter
For two clubs with so much history in the competition, that these two will meet at Anfield for the first time in the Champions League. As with the previous two encounters, the game turned out to be a classic as Liverpool dominated the game but found themselves down 2-1 at halftime after a quick double from the visitors.
However, Liverpool bounced back, with Mo Salah scoring a draw just minutes into the second half. Things got even better for the Reds as Jordan Henderson conjured up images of Steven Gerrard with a shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
THAT. A HIT! 🚀
Jordan Henderson throws a half volley into the corner of the net! Nobody stops a strike like that! 💥
Liverpool regains its advantage 💪 pic.twitter.com/YsxcxHe72o
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 15, 2021
This victory means Liverpool take an early lead in a group that includes Milan, Porto and Atlético de Madrid, with the latter two drawing 0-0.
1. Liverpool’s surprising problems are still a problem
One of the biggest surprises following the release of the team’s news was the inclusion of Divock Origi, who has yet to play a minute this season, in the starting lineup ahead of Sadio Mane. While Origi did little, there was a clear drop in quality between Mo Salah, Diogo Jota and the Belgian.
63 ′ – Our first change as Mane is from Origi.
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 15, 2021
Worse still, Divock Origi limped off the field midway through the second half with what appeared to be a muscle injury, adding to the problems for Jurgen Klopp and joining Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliot on the treatment table.
With Sadio Mane and Mo Salah absent for part of the season due to African Cup of Nations commitments, Liverpool’s front line will be even weaker, making the need for a replacement in January even greater.
2. Anfield remains a stronghold on European nights
The first 15 minutes reminded those in doubt how difficult it is to get to Anfield on Champions League nights. After the usual chilling rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, it’s not uncommon for Liverpool’s field to go silent in the Premier League.
In the Champions League, however, he is a different animal. The crowd roared beside them as they made a dizzying start, recording 13 attempts in the first 15 minutes of the match.
I know rival fans absolutely hate the cliche, but there is something overwhelmingly intimidating about the way Liverpool start these great European matches at Anfield.
– Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) September 15, 2021
Liverpool could have easily found themselves over 1-0 midway through the first half, with Mo Salah seeing his penalty saved and two Joel Matip headers were directly on the goalkeeper.
It was also the Anfield crowd that roared alongside him early in the second half 2-1 against, and that helped his team get home and score the three much-needed points.
Given the perceived difficulty of the tie on the night, it was a necessity for Liverpool to get out of the blocks quickly. And they did just that.
3. Liverpool continue to trust Van Dijk
As already mentioned, Liverpool were by far the best team in the first half, and could have been several goals up at halftime. However, they found themselves 2-1 down thanks to a 2-minute double by the visitors just before half-time.
Star man Virgil Van Dijk was somewhat strangely rested for this encounter, leaving Joe Gomez as Joel Matip’s teammate at the heart of the Reds’ defense. Although it was their first game in more than a year, Van Dijk’s lack of presence in form was evident as Milan broke through Klopp’s defense in a frenzied period before the break.
The gamble ultimately paid off for Jurgen Klopp, but only narrowly.
4. Chelsea may regret selling Fikayo Tomori
For all their defensive talents today, Chelsea’s defense is on the razor’s edge. All Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and César Azpilicueta are out of contract within 12 months, and none so far. has agreed to stay.
Currently, there is little sign that Chelsea will make a breakthrough with Rudiger before January (when other clubs may speak) as his offer, worth around £ 140,000 a week, falls short of their expectations. [Matt Law- Telegraph] #CFC
– CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) September 15, 2021
Perhaps most worryingly, rumors have emerged that Rudiger has no intention of signing a new deal and that, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, talks have stalled as a result.
Tomori, meanwhile, put on another fantastic AC Milan defensive performance against Jurgen Klopp’s side, making a couple of vital blocks and starting several good plays for his team.
Tomori for less than 30 million euros at 23 is an incredible deal, securing that purchase option in January was one of Maldini’s best moves in Milan.
– David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) September 15, 2021
At just 23 years old, it could be a mistake Chelsea lives to regret.
5. It’s a great season for Liverpool’s underdogs.
Liverpool, despite their quality in the first eleven, lacks depth in their squad. An elderly James Milner, the young Curtis Jones and the underprivileged Alex Oxlade Chamberlain were the replacements for Jurgen Klopp against the Italian side.
84 ′ – Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Salah and Henderson.
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 15, 2021
Milner, while a brilliant servant, is not getting any younger and is likely to be used more and more sparingly. Curtis Jones, for his part, will have to redefine his position due to the solidity of the central midfield with the return of Henderson and Fabinho to their natural position after last season’s crisis.
He and Oxlade Chamberlain could both find themselves used as auxiliary forwards amid the crisis Klopp is likely to face, but it feels like a decisive season for the pair.
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