Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan: Reds mount a second-half comeback to secure the win | UCL 2021-22

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates his goal against AC Milan
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates his goal against AC Milan - IMAGO / News Images

Liverpool picked up a 3-2 win over AC Milan in their Champions League opener earlier tonight.

An own goal from Fikayo Tomori and goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson sealed an impressive comeback win for the Reds at home.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Jurgen Klopp’s rotation

The Liverpool manager decided to rotate his squad for tonight’s game in order to keep some of his key players fresh for the weekend.

The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane were on the bench.

The Reds struggled at the back without van Dijk and the likes of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip looked rusty at times.

Liverpool’s defensive vulnerabilities allowed AC Milan a way back into the game towards the end of the first half.

The home side lacked control in the midfield in the absence of Thiago during the first half and they improved significantly since his introduction in the second half.

The ever-present Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian international missed a penalty in the first half but he made up for it with an outstanding equalizer earlier in the second half.

Salah played his 100th game for Liverpool at Anfield today and he has managed to score 72 goals in that time.

An impressive display of character from Milan

Liverpool were all over AC Milan during the opening half an hour and the Italian outfit could have easily crumbled under pressure.

Instead, they held on and came back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 at halftime.

Despite being without a key player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan displayed impressive character at Anfield and they could have easily come away with a point on another day.