AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool: Ratings as Origi strikes again and Konaté comes of age

Don Kopleone rates the Reds after a job very well done at the San Siro.

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Liverpool entered their final game of the Champions League group stage with two objectives. One was to avoid any injuries that could hurt Jürgen Klopp’s side’s title challenge. The other was to become the first English team to ever reach Christmas with a 100pc record in Europe’s premier competition.

This 2-1 win represented success on both counts.

The Reds started in ascendency in the San Siro, up against an AC Milan team who seemed content to sit back. That until a poorly defended corner allowed Fikayo Tomori to open proceedings for the Serie A leaders.

Soon, though, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain worked some space to fire at Mike Maignan, whose parry was smashed back home by Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian becoming the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score twenty or more goals for the club in five successive seasons in the process.

The Italians came to play a little more after the interval, but Tomori turned from hero to villain, as his mistake allowed Origi to score a second rebounded Liverpool goal.

The visitors deserved the win, and Alisson was hardly troubled until closing down Franck Kessié, when the Ivorian went through on goal after eighty-five minutes.

The Reds’ winning run continues, in Europe and in all-competitions.

Your ratings, as Liverpool made it six from six:

Starting XI

Ali 7.5 – Enjoyed a quiet night until leaping into action to deny Franck Kessié an equaliser towards the end.

Neco 7 – Never as impressive in defence as he is going forward, but even on the back foot the right-back was rarely caught lacking today. Won back possession for a late Oxlade-Chamberlain chance.

Natty P 7.5 – Returned to the line-up and resumed the good form shown last season. The ‘Bolton Baresi’ dribbled out of his own area delightfully late on.

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Ibou 8 – Won every battle, until Kessié slipped goal-side of him late on. Possibly the young Frenchman’s best performance in a red shirt. Man of the match.

Shimmy Cash 6.5 – His delivery from corners lacked threat in the first-half, but another sound performance from the Greek.

Ox 7.5 – A well-worked run and drive created Salah’s equaliser. Oxlade-Chamberlain looks back to speed and it was a relief that the Reds’ No.15 was fine to continue after picking up an apparent injury.


Morton 7 – A couple of delightful switches of play, while never quite dominating the midfield. Another good display on his second consecutive Champions League start.

Taki 6 – Very disappointing at the near post for the first goal. Nonetheless, the Japanese international turned away from pressure cutely on occasion, in a rare midfield appearance.

Mo 7.5 – He really is inevitable. Made the finish for the goal look far easier than it was in reality. Subbed off once his job was done.

Divvy 8 – Equally inevitable? His link-up play was actually very impressive at times, and the Belgian’s headed finish had the perfect weight to it. Back-to-back match-winning performances from Origi.

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Sadio 6 – Pounced and found a shot to lead to the Origi goal, but his build-up play has noticeably dropped in quality in recent weeks.


JoGo 6.5 – Often looks awkward deployed on the right, but that was less the case in this game as he returned from injury.

Naby 6.5 – Energetic, even with a couple of giveaways. If he was fit enough to start he would have run rings around this Milan midfield.


Fabs 6.5 – ‘Fabbed’ for about ten minutes.

Woltman N/A – On for a Liverpool debut, at the San Siro! Don’t think he touched the ball, though.

Bradley N/A – Not quite his debut, but a precious couple of minutes all the same. Definitely did touch the ball.

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Don Kopleone

Scouse, not Sicilian.

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