Liverpool made it six wins from six in the Champions League group stage by coming from behind to beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Siro tonight.
Having already comfortably topped their group, Jurgen Klopp decided to ring the changes in the Italian capital, handing rare starts to youngster Tyler Morton and squad men like Nat Phillips and Takumi Minamino.
AC Milan would take advantage of Minamino’s rustiness in the 28th minute when the Japanese international made a hash of a near post clearance, allowing former Chelsea man Fikayo Tomori to tap home from close range.
The Reds would pull level just over five minutes later though through talisman Mohamed Salah, the prolific attacker firing home a rebound from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot.
Despite fielding a makeshift side and having nothing to play for, Liverpool were more than a match for the Series A leaders and would take the lead early in the second half through cult hero Divock Origi. The 26-year-old Belgium international headed home from twelve yards out after a Sadio Mane shot had been parried into his path.
Although Milan huffed and puffed a bit towards the end, Liverpool held on to become the first-ever English side to finish the Group stage with a 100% record and all 18 points.
Speaking afterwards, Reds boss Klopp was understandably delighted with his side’s display.
”Very proud. Especially because of the sixth game to be honest,” Klopp told BT Sport.
”We chose that line-up because we wanted to win the game. We needed fresh legs. We needed desire to play this game which is difficult in this hectic schedule to always be on fire for the next game.
“What the boys did tonight I could not be more proud. It was an incredible game. I am so happy. The performance was outstanding.
”Having 21 shots, so many situations where we played outstandingly well and defended passionately and well organised.”
”Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were exceptional and how much they help defensively was outstanding. This mix of fresh legs and then quality as well was really good.”
Next up for Liverpool is Premier League clash at Anfield against Aston Villa on Saturday.
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