Milan 1-2 Liverpool: Player rating


Liverpool ended Milan’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory at the San Siro.

The Reds also became the first English team in history to win all six group stage matches despite Jurgen Klopp rotating most of his key men.

The two teams played a tense first half of the opening 45 minutes, and Milan took the lead with the first chance after 29 minutes. Takumi Minamino failed to clear a corner at the nearest post, which surprised Alisson and let Fikayo Tomori poke home.

Divock Origi was rewarded with a start after his stoppage time winner against Wolves this weekend, and was close to finding an equalizer with a snapshot in the Milan box, but Mike Maignan was even with it.

And Liverpool were level shortly after. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stuck his palms on Maignan from a distance, and Mohamed Salah was in his hand and shot the rebound to the ceiling.

Franck Kessie ended up in a challenge from Kostas Tsimikas in the penalty area shortly after half time, but the claim for a point kick was rejected.

The Reds took the lead for the first time the night after. Tomori’s loose touch allowed Mane to take possession, forcing a save by Maignan, only for Origi to head the loose ball into the far corner.

Rade Krunic curled an attempt over the top as Milan looked to turn their fortunes around, while Origi nodded outside from a Neco Williams post at the other end.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who had one of the quietest matches of his career – tried a bold overhead kick with five minutes left, but it was harmless in the end.

Milan should have been even through Kessie moments later but Alisson stood his ground and the hosts were knocked out of the Champions League with a whine.

Tomori gives, Tomori takes away / Chris Brunskill / Fantasista / GettyImages

Mike Maignan (GK) – 4/10 – Not very busy and you could not blame him for any of the goals, but another goalkeeper may have kept the first shots he encountered and led to them.

Pierre Kalulu (RB) – 6/10 – Given the few issues of Mane. Replaced by a more attacking alternative in Florenzi.

Fikayo Tomori (CB) – 5/10 – Made a decisive goal and defended himself on the front foot – but his mistake was unforgivable.

Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – 6/10 – In the wars for his side but it was not enough.

Theo Hernandez (LB) – 6/10 – Had some joy over the overlap, but not enough to make any real difference.

Kessie fought / Emilio Andreoli / GettyImages

Junior Messiah (RM) – 4/10 – Troubled Liverpool early with his ploy, but disappeared from the game.

Sandro Tonali (CM) – 7/10 – Sweep up and distribute the ball like an experienced veteran. Subbed for fresher legs after an hour.

Franck Kessie (CM) – 2/10 – Early mistakes seemed to rattle him and force away several further mistakes from the Ivorian.

Rade Krunic (LM) – 4/10 – Played in the periphery and was mainly used as a dummy for Hernandez runs.

Brahim Diaz (AM) – 6/10 – Looked good at any time on the ball, but it was not enough in a must-win game.

Ibrahimovic was a disappointment / Jonathan Moscrop / GettyImages

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (CF) – 2/10 – Definitely looked like a 40-year-old striker playing Champions League football. Low pace physically and technically.

Ismael Bennacer (CM, 59 ‘for Diaz) – 5/10 – Contributed a little to the midfield battle.

Alexis Saelemaekers (RM, 59 ‘for Tonali) – 3/10 – No threats whatsoever.

Alessandro Florenzi (RB, 65 ‘for Kalulu) – 5/10 – Was not embarrassed but did not get anything to happen either.

Tiemoue Bakayoko (CM, 83 ‘for Krunic) – 4/10

Phillips was great / Marco Luzzani / GettyImages

Alisson (GK) – 5/10 – Confused by Minamino’s failed clearing. Another day he may have held the cross or stopped Tomori’s shot but not today.

Neco Williams (RB) – 6/10 – Arrived with a sense of adventure but went too high up a couple of times. Played the last half hour on the edge.

Nat Phillips (CB) – 8/10 – Covered well for Williams and was dominant in the air. A team in the Premier League should try to take him out of Liverpool’s hands.

Ibrahima Konate (CB) – 7/10 – Better than his horror show against Porto, if not quieter.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB) – 6/10 – Struggled to deal with the Messiah at first but eventually won the duel. Did not offer much going forward but it is not his fault that he is not Andy Robertson.

Oxlade-Chamberlain controlled the midfield / Eurasia Sport Images / GettyImages

Tyler Morton (DM) – 7/10 – Looked a bit overwhelmed at first (which is understandable) but grew seamlessly into the game and often did well to avoid Tonali and Kessie.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – 8/10 – Sensational performance that dictates play and drives forward from midfield. Played on the edge and as a center forward later in the match.

Takumi Minamino (CM) – 4/10 – Shocking loss of concentration for Milan’s premiere. Definitely the weakest of Liverpool’s midfielders.

Of course he scored / Eurasia Sport Images / GettyImages

Mohamed Salah (RW) – 8/10 – As against Porto, Salah played without a real sense of energy and still looked like the best player on the pitch. His finish was much tougher than it looks at the first show.

Divock Origi (CF) – 7/10 – Deeply lowered to try to make a difference, but was usually suspended when he entered a dangerous area. Quick instincts to react to Mane’s shot and put Liverpool in the lead.

Sadio Mane (LW) – 6/10 – Struggled to get involved and have a meaningful effect on the game until he stole the ball from Tomori early in the second half.

Naby Keita (CM, 64 ‘for Salah) – 6/10 – Was cleaned but surprisingly did not sit under any real pressure from Milan.

Joe Gomez (RB, 64 ‘for Mane) – 6/10 – One of the easiest games he will ever get involved in.

Fabinho (DM, 80 ‘for Origi) – 5/10

Max Woltman (CF, 90 ‘for Minamino) – N / A

Conor Bradley (CM), 90 ‘for Williams) – N / A

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