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UCL: 5 Talking Points After Liverpool Defeated AC Milan 3-2 At Anfield

AC Milan's long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League ended in defeat, as they lost 3-2 to Liverpool in an Anfield classic.

Jordan Henderson settled a nerve-wracking encounter with a fantastic striker in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s side took the initiative in Group B with all three points on the opening day.

Ex-Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, scored an own goal, which helped Liverpool break the deadlock inside the opening ten minutes following a superb trademark Trent Alexander-Arnold run down the right-hand side.

Mohamed Salah then failed to convert from the spot to double Liverpool's lead as AC Milan came roaring back into the game. Second-best for much of the first half, Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz both scored in quick succession to put the visitors in front at the break.

However, Mohammed Salah atoned for his missed penalty by restoring parity three minutes into the second half. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson then thumped home a scorching low drive from Alexander-Arnold's corner to seal all three points for the English side.

Liverpool were deserved winners on the night. But kudos go to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-less Milan side for a spirited performance in their first Champions League game in over seven years. On that note, here are five key talking points from the five-goal thriller at Anfield.

1. Mohammed Salah’s penalty streak for Liverpool comes to an end

Besides being a fantastic goalscorer, Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is also an exceptional penalty-taker. He has converted his last 18 penalties for Liverpool before AC Milan arrived at Anfield.

That hot streak, though, came to an end, as the Egyptian ace was denied by Mike Maignan, who guessed the right way to parry the effort. The Milan custodian then put away Robertson's follow-up effort for a corner, which marked Salah's first miss for Liverpool from 12 yards since October 2017.

2. Alexander-Arnold caught napping at the back

When it comes to attacking full-backs, there're very few that are better than Trent Alexander-Arnold. He is absolutely menacing when driving forward at full pelt, and he makes a lot of assists too, which is rare with defenders.

But there was a downside to his game which Milan exploited fully well on Wednesday night. The England defender was caught napping at the back several times during the game and it's not surprising that both Milan goals xane from his side of the flank, as he failed to track Ante Rebic for both goals.

3. Liverpool score with lovely tiki-taka football

Liverpool were the better side in the first half against AC Milan. But Klopp’s men unfortunately found themselves 2-1 down at the break following two moments of defensive lapses. The hosts provided the best response, fighting their way back into the game with an equalizer just three minutes into the second half as Salah capped off a wonderful tiki-taka football for Liverpool’s second on the night.

4. Henderson’s outrageous goal won it for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson is one of the least persons you expect to score a goal, particularly when it comes to the champions league, as he rearly scores goals. The Liverpool skipper had not found the net since 2014. But on the night, he ended the drought in emphatic fashion.

5. Group B could go down to the wire

Group B could go down to the wire because only two of Liverpool, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid will advance to the knockout stages of this year's champions league.

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