AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool's Champions League campaign ended with a bang as they secured yet another victory at San Siro, setting a record for a 100 percent group stage performance. Let's take a closer look at the player...

Liverpool's Champions League campaign ended with a bang as they secured yet another victory at San Siro, setting a record for a 100 percent group stage performance. Let's take a closer look at the player ratings for this thrilling encounter.

Alisson - 7 (out of 10)

Alisson couldn't do much to prevent the goal after being left to deal with the initial bounce. However, he made some solid claims in the air and showcased his usual excellent distribution. It's worth mentioning his impressive save with his face near the end of the game.

Neco Williams - 8

Williams put on a strong defensive display, effectively shutting down Theo Hernandez on multiple occasions. He has grown in confidence over the past few months and truly displayed his improved skills in this match.

Ibrahima Konate - 9 - Man of the Match

Konate was outstanding in the first half, dominating Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their direct duels. He provided excellent cover for the full-backs with his pace, won aerial battles, and distributed the ball well. His positional awareness was on full display when he cut out a dangerous delivery into the Reds' box.

Nat Phillips - 7

Phillips had a solid return to the team, handling the first half well by clearing aerial balls and holding the defensive line effectively. His value as a player has only increased after his incredible dragback between two Milan forwards in his own penalty box.

Kostas Tsimikas - 7

Tsimikas has been in excellent form this season and has been a positive presence on the field. He remained calm and made good decisions even when faced with defensive challenges. There are only a few teams that wouldn't immediately include him in their starting XI based on his performances.

Tyler Morton - 7

Morton had a relatively quiet first half as Milan focused their attacks on the wings. However, his passing was solid, and he picked up loose balls effectively. He still has a lot to learn, but his experience in games like these is invaluable.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 9

Oxlade-Chamberlain displayed great energy and liveliness throughout the match. His recent involvement and self-confidence were evident as he fought to win back a regular place in the team. His fantastic burst and strike for the equalizer raised the tempo of the game, showcasing his determination and commitment.

Takumi Minamino - 6

Minamino's first-half performance was disappointing, as he struggled with ball control and gave away unnecessary free-kicks. However, he appeared more confident when moved into his natural attacking position on the left in the final half-hour.

Mohamed Salah - 8

With his goal in this match, Salah reached an impressive tally of 20 for the season, even before the second week of December. His finish on the rebound was exceptional, showcasing his nonchalant style. Salah's link play and dribbling were also top-notch before he was substituted in the second half.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the first equalizing goal Caption: MILAN, ITALY - Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the first equalizing goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC at the Stadio San Siro. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Divock Origi - 9

Origi's performances this season have been nothing short of impressive. He has been lively, energetic, positive, and composed in several appearances, including this match. His footwork, dribbling skills, and composed header for the goal demonstrated his quick reactions and ice-cold composure.

Sadio Mane - 7

Mane was energetic and effective in spells throughout the game. Although most of his efforts benefited other players, such as his blistering strike leading to Origi's goal, he caused chaos for the opposition and never seemed to tire.

Substitutes

Naby Keita (on for Salah, 64′) - 7: Keita made a return from injury and showcased some nice touches and passes.

Joe Gomez (on for Mane, 64′) - 7: Gomez finally made his long-awaited return, playing as a right-back.

Fabinho (on for Origi 79′) - N/A: Fabinho came on late in the game to help secure the victory.

Max Woltman (on for Minamino 90′) - N/A: Woltman made his debut at the San Siro, an exciting moment for the youngster.

Conor Bradley (on for Williams 90′) - N/A: Bradley also had the opportunity to play at the San Siro.

Subs not used: Kelleher, Davies, Matip, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Norris, Dixon-Bonner.

Jurgen Klopp - 10

Klopp deserves full credit for his team selection and the pre-planned changes he made for the attacking duo upfront. The Liverpool team demonstrated their exceptional organization and drilled play, particularly off the ball. Even when they were behind, the game seemed like a stroll for them. Now it's time to return to Anfield and secure another multi-goal Premier League win, this time against our former captain's new side.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah shakes hands with manager Jürgen Klopp Caption: MILAN, ITALY - Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah shakes hands with manager Jürgen Klopp as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC at the Stadio San Siro. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In conclusion, Liverpool's victory against AC Milan showcased their strength as a team and the exceptional performances of individual players. With their impressive record-setting group stage performance, Liverpool fans have every reason to be excited about what lies ahead in the Champions League.

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