AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool RECAP: Salah and Origi strikes help Reds make Champions League history

Jim Nichol-Turner and Daniel Moxon report as the Reds made it six wins from as many games in a dominant Champions League group stage campaign.

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Jürgen Klopp‘s magnificent Liverpool team made history once again as they became the first English side to win all six group stage games in the Champions League by sweeping aside a lacklustre AC Milan side.

The Reds were already guaranteed a place in the first knockout round, as they had secured progression with a dominant victory over Atlético Madrid at Anfield at the beginning of November.

But that didn’t stop them from going on to beat Porto towards the end of the month, before rounding it off with a 2-1 victory at the San Siro to truly underline their dominance in what had looked like a tough group on paper.

Klopp made eight changes to the team but that still didn’t stop Liverpool from dominating at one of Europe’s great footballing venues, as the team wearing yellow played the Rossoneri off the park at times.

It was actually the hosts who went ahead, with Fikayo Tomori taking advantage of Takumi Minamino’s poor front-post marking to tap home after Alisson had spilled the ball.

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But the lead didn’t last long, as the excellent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain waltzed past Franck Kessié and shot at goal, forcing Mike Maignan to palm the ball directly into the path of Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian was only too happy to side-foot the ball into the roof of the net to notch his 20th goal of the season – before mid-December.

Divock Origi gave the visitors the lead in the second half by heading home after another poor piece of goalkeeping from Maignan, and that was enough to secure yet another European win.

At the other end of the pitch, Ibrahima Konaté and Nathaniel Phillips formed a strong partnership and used their respective physical abilities to keep Zlatan Ibrahimović remarkably quiet.

And there was even time for two Champions League debuts in the Liverpool camp, as Conor Bradley and Max Woltman experienced European football at the San Siro for around 90 seconds before referee Danny Makkelie called time on proceedings.

You can relive all the major moments and key decisions from the game by scrolling back through out minute-by-minute updates below:

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