Stefano Pioli has paid tribute to a “good” Liverpool side after AC Milan’s 3-2 Champions League defeat at Anfield ultimate evening time, singling out the “distinctive depth” of Jurgen Klopp’s side in quotes reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
Attempting on the 3-2 scoreline, you’d be forgiven for assuming the primary ever Anfield assembly between two European powerhouses was an end-to-end, ding-dong encounter with a barrage of chances in every containers.
Correctly, not pretty.
Aside from that dramatic two-minute spell on the end of the first half, when Milan turned a one-goal deficit proper right into a 2-1 lead due to strikes from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz in opposition to the run of play, Liverpool dominated in entrance of a stirring crowd. The Reds asphyxiated their opponents with a relentless extreme press whereas outnumbering Pioli’s Serie A pace-setters in the midst of the park.
Liverpool mustered 23 photos to Milan’s seven, dominated 62 per cent of the possession and picked up 15 corners.
The reality is, if it wasn’t for visiting goalkeeper Mike Maignan and some last-ditch Simon Kjaer defending, the Reds might need scored 4, 5, even six.
Milan boss Pioli: Liverpool are a ‘good opponent’
“We’ve confronted a terrific opponent. In any case, Liverpool are on the excessive, whereas we’re nonetheless missing one factor. We’re going to use these video video games to develop and switch forward throughout the opponents,” says former Inter and Lazio boss Pioli, whose side was lastly defeated by a shocking volley from the terrific Jordan Henderson.
“We’re the youngest group throughout the group, with the fewest appearances throughout the Champions League. (The game was) powerful on account of Liverpool are a extremely sturdy group, they’re used to these video video games.
“Liverpool carried out with very extreme depth. Bodily, their depth is phenomenal. In some situations, I really feel we wanted to do larger, notably with the ball, attempting to skip their pressure a lot much less.
“We would have achieved further dynamism. We did it later, all through the match (nevertheless) we shouldn’t have conceded the purpose that put Liverpool once more throughout the sport.”
A Fikayo Tomori own-goal and an amazing finish by Mo Salah, organize brilliantly by Divock Origi, set Liverpool on their approach to victory sooner than Henderson’s scorcher.
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