Liverpool vs AC Milan player ratings: Captain's 9 and surprising 8

Liverpool took on AC Milan in a historic game in their opening match of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign.

And what a game it was. The Reds earned a hard-fought 3-2 win against an exciting Milan side.

There were many good performers for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The first 40 minutes were as good as we have seen from the side in years.

Yes, there were five minutes of madness at the end of the first half, but they recovered remarkably to get the win and get the campaign off to a great start.

Here are our player ratings for the team.

Alisson – 7

Could not do much about either goal.

Was his usual self besides, stepped up when needed and offered an option in possession at all times.

Best in the world.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

What a footballer.

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Trent made the first goal as we are used to seeing. Excellent on the ball, solid defensively for the most part.

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Joel Matip – 7

If we did this after 40 minutes, we would have simply said “Joel Matip is the best centre-back on earth right now”.

It may still be true, but unfortunately, we cannot make that statement after he conceded two goals in two minutes.

He perhaps could have done better for the second, but it wasn’t a clear error.

Joe Gomez – 7

If we did this after 40 minutes, we would have simply said “Joe Gomez is the best young centre-back on earth”.

It may still be true, but unfortunately, we cannot make that statement after he conceded two goals in two minutes.

We’re not sure that he could have done much for either though, and he looked as fresh as you could possibly imagine.

There were numerous instances of excellent defending from Gomez and Milan didn’t get a sniff besides their freak goals.

We’re so happy he is back.

Andy Robertson – 8

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What a machine this man is.

Very unlucky to not prevent the second goal and never stops running all game.

So rare to see such a gifted footballer with an attitude like Robbo’s, and he showed that tonight.

Jordan Henderson – 9

Our man of the match. A captain’s goal to say the very least to win us the game.

But it was the solidity he showed in that opening 40 minutes that gets him the 9. He and Naby Keita set the tempo and allowed us to absolutely batter Milan for large portions.

Also, that outside of the boot pass to Robertson in the first half? Delicious.

Such an underrated footballer, and we hope that his superb goal gets him the outside credit that he deserves.

Fabinho – 8

The best No 6 in the world.

His positional sense is simply elite and it helps our high press an untold amount.

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Liverpool are so much better with Flaco in the side.

Naby Keita – 8

Naby Keita is a top footballer.

His pressing in the first 40 was sensational, as was his dribbling and play in tight spaces.

Paid for it when he ran out of steam before the break, which contributed to the two goals. In fairness, the same can be said of Henderson. But he recovered to put in a good second half showing before he was subbed.

Mohamed Salah – 8

Remember that penalty miss? A lot has happened since then.

It was about time one of his hit and hope pens was saved, but he more than made up for it with his customary goal.

A machine of a player.

Divock Origi – 8

Yes, that is an eight. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

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We were as shocked as anyone to see Origi playing, but he did absolutely fine.

Yes, there were a few moments of rustiness, but that is expected. But just look at that assist of his – the Belgian has serious quality when he is at it.

Let’s hope his injury is not serious, because he is an asset to this team when he is on form.

Joint-most tackles on the pitch too, with three.

Diogo Jota – 7

Wasn’t in the game as much as he would have liked, especially after the first 20 minutes or so.

It is starting to look like the 9 role is his best position, which is not a bad thing by any means.

Pressed well and got a few shots away, created a few decent chances too, so was by no means a bad performance.

Subs – 7’s all around

Sadio Mane, Curtis Jones, Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all had good runouts.

Each of them were great in helping us see out the win. Could give 6’s, but we’re in a good mood.

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