UCL: Salah and Origi deliver against Milan to make it six victories in six games for Liverpool.
Liverpool became the first English team to win all six games in a Champions League group, as Jürgen Klopp’s makeshift squad thrashed Milan, just as more recognizable lineups thrashed Atlético Madrid and Porto.
Mohamed Salah added to his impressive list of achievements by scoring his 20th goal of the season as Liverpool came from behind to defeat the Italian giants with a goal to spare.
With so much time on his hands, Klopp gave 18-year-old academy graduates Conor Bradley and Max Woltman late cameos to remember at San Siro.
Divock Origi, dubbed the “legend” by his manager, completed the sweep with a second victory in as many days.
After finishing 11 points clear of the Spanish champions, 13 points clear of the joint Primeira Liga leaders, and 14 points clear of the Serie A leader, Liverpool made a mockery of the supposedly troublesome group.
Milan had a lot to be sorry about. They started the night second in Group B but finished last and out of European competition entirely after a remarkably flat performance.
Even though there was no stake in the game, Liverpool sent an ominous message to their Champions League rivals.
If Porto would not beat Atlético, Stefano Pioli and his team understood they would qualify for Europe in 2022. They seemed to lack motivation, despite taking the lead when Takumi Minamino failed to intercept a Junior Messias corner.
The ball came at Alisson at the near post and he parried it straight to Fikayo Tomori. The former Chelsea defender, reacting quicker than Origi, made no mistake from close range.
Tomori aided Origi’s goal by letting a routine pass from Kessié slip under his foot. He forced Maignan into a one-handed save from the angle, but his punch soared to the Belgian, who sent a well-placed header crashing into the far corner.
Throughout, Liverpool were more incisive, sharper and deadly. Klopp made the most of his team’s dominance by giving Naby Keta and Joe Gomez a chance after injury layoffs.