Champions League - Group B
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AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool: Reds beat Milan for perfect group stage record

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Origi
Divock Origi's winner was his first Champions League goal since the 2019 final

Liverpool became the first English side to win all six Champions League group games as they completed a perfect journey into the knockout stage with victory over AC Milan in Italy.

Manager Jurgen Klopp made eight changes with qualification for the last 16 already assured as group winners, while the Serie A leaders went in search of the win they hoped would secure their own passage into the next phase.

Milan's hopes rose on the half-hour when Takumi Minamino missed a near-post corner and goalkeeper Alisson could only push the ball out to England defender Fikayo Tomori, who scored from close range.

Liverpool's line-up may have had an unfamiliar appearance but they were by far the more accomplished side. Mohamed Salah was in the starting line-up and once again demonstrated his predatory instincts with the equaliser seven minutes later, driving home the rebound after Milan keeper Mike Maignan saved from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It meant the prolific Salah became the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 20 goals in five successive seasons, also scoring the most goals for the club in the group stage of a European competition with seven.

Liverpool continued to dominate and Divock Origi scored his first goal in the competition since the 2019 Champions League final against Tottenham when he headed in after Maignan saved from Mane 10 minutes after the break.

Liverpool's smooth progress

Liverpool performance fills Klopp 'with a lot of pride'

When the draw for Champions League Group B was made, it was regarded as one of the toughest sections as Liverpool faced Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan. Instead, they made a mockery of suggestions this could be a tight squeeze by ending with an astonishing 11-point advantage over second-placed Atletico, who beat Porto to go through with them.

Liverpool are now so well-oiled a machine that Klopp could change the face of his team to such an extent after Saturday's win at Wolves and still put out a side that looked dangerous, well-organised and far too good for one of European football's biggest names.

Nathaniel Phillips slotted smoothly into defence with Virgil van Dijk left out and, apart from the goal and a late save from Franck Kessie, Liverpool and keeper Alisson survived virtually untroubled, looking far more likely to add to their advantage than concede another goal.

It was another graphic demonstration of the power of the Premier League as Milan, who head Serie A, were outmanoeuvred with ease by a Liverpool side bearing little resemblance to their full-strength team.

Liverpool will enter the last 16 as one of the most feared teams in the tournament, with their biggest threats appearing to come from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, along with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Klopp and his players, however, will progress with real confidence that they can once again make it into the latter stages of the Champions League after this latest show of strength.

Player of the match

Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah

with an average of 8.96

AC Milan

  1. Squad number23Player nameTomori
    Average rating

    4.91

  2. Squad number16Player nameMaignan
    Average rating

    4.49

  3. Squad number20Player nameKalulu
    Average rating

    4.32

  4. Squad number8Player nameTonali
    Average rating

    4.20

  5. Squad number19Player nameHernández
    Average rating

    4.17

  6. Squad number79Player nameKessié
    Average rating

    4.05

  7. Squad number13Player nameRomagnoli
    Average rating

    4.01

  8. Squad number11Player nameIbrahimovic
    Average rating

    3.98

  9. Squad number30Player nameMessias
    Average rating

    3.87

  10. Squad number10Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    3.77

  11. Squad number4Player nameBennacer
    Average rating

    3.67

  12. Squad number25Player nameFlorenzi
    Average rating

    3.63

  13. Squad number41Player nameBakayoko
    Average rating

    3.57

  14. Squad number33Player nameKrunic
    Average rating

    3.56

  15. Squad number56Player nameSaelemaekers
    Average rating

    3.48

Liverpool

  1. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.96

  2. Squad number27Player nameOrigi
    Average rating

    8.85

  3. Squad number5Player nameKonaté
    Average rating

    8.60

  4. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    8.52

  5. Squad number47Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    8.52

  6. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    8.34

  7. Squad number76Player nameN Williams
    Average rating

    8.30

  8. Squad number80Player nameMorton
    Average rating

    8.29

  9. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.28

  10. Squad number18Player nameMinamino
    Average rating

    7.86

  11. Squad number12Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    7.81

  12. Squad number84Player nameBradley
    Average rating

    7.76

  13. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.75

  14. Squad number82Player nameWoltman
    Average rating

    7.73

  15. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas
    Average rating

    7.72

  16. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    7.67

Line-ups

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Maignan
  • 20KaluluSubstituted forFlorenziat 64'minutes
  • 23Tomori
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 19Hernández
  • 8TonaliSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 59'minutes
  • 79Kessié
  • 30Messias
  • 10DíazSubstituted forBennacerat 59'minutes
  • 33KrunicSubstituted forBakayokoat 83'minutes
  • 11Ibrahimovic

Substitutes

  • 1Tatarusanu
  • 4Bennacer
  • 5Ballo-Touré
  • 25Florenzi
  • 27Maldini
  • 41Bakayoko
  • 46Gabbia
  • 56Saelemaekers
  • 96Jungdal

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 76N WilliamsSubstituted forBradleyat 90+3'minutes
  • 47Phillips
  • 5Konaté
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 80Morton
  • 18MinaminoSubstituted forWoltmanat 90+3'minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forKeïtaat 64'minutes
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forFabinhoat 80'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forGomezat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 8Keïta
  • 12Gomez
  • 26Robertson
  • 32Matip
  • 45Dixon-Bonner
  • 62Kelleher
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 77Norris
  • 82Woltman
  • 84Bradley
  • 95Davies
Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Attendance:
56,237

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AC Milan 1, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AC Milan 1, Liverpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alessio Romagnoli.

  4. Post update

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool).

  5. Post update

    Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Conor Bradley replaces Neco Williams.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Max Woltman replaces Takumi Minamino.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Naby Keïta with a through ball following a fast break.

  9. Post update

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool).

  12. Post update

    Franck Kessié (AC Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Franck Kessié (AC Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ismaël Bennacer with a cross following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Phillips (Liverpool).

  15. Post update

    Theo Hernández (AC Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Franck Kessié (AC Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tiemoué Bakayoko with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Franck Kessié with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Takumi Minamino (Liverpool).

  19. Post update

    Alessandro Florenzi (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Offside, AC Milan. Ismaël Bennacer tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

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