Liverpool players took advantage of the current break to go to Dubai for training and friendly matches. On December 11, Liverpool had their opening match and lost to Lyon with a score of 1-3. Therefore, Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students really want to improve their performance in the encounter with AC Milan. This time, they have had the presence of players who have just returned from the World Cup like Darwin Nunez, so they are much more appreciated than the opponent.
With the advantage in terms of force, Liverpool rushed to attack from the beginning and got a goal from Mohamed Salah in the 5th minute. It was a very good situation of The Kop in the penalty area.
However, the subjectivity of Liverpool’s defense cost them in the 29th minute. From a dribble on the right, Alexis Saelemaekers cut in and launched a dangerous sinking shot that made goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher give up.
By the end of the first half, however, Liverpool had re-established the lead with Thiago’s unstoppable long-range shot. Thiago’s footwork was very tight and didn’t need momentum, surprising goalkeeper Mirante.
After the break, Klopp gradually withdrew the pillars and played with a two-team formation. That makes Liverpool’s attacks become more incoherent. Meanwhile, AC Milan has a good fighting spirit and does not want to lose.
Things only became easy for Liverpool when the 100 million euro striker Darwin Nunez came on in the 59th minute. Then, from a quick counter-attack, the red shirt players had a third goal. That’s it. Nunez’s extremely quick sprint and in the face, he did not lose any mistakes to put the ball in the net of AC Milan.
In the 88th minute, the name Nunez was once again cheered by Liverpool fans. From a right throw, Nunez chose a wise position on the inside to escape the tutelage of two black-shirted shadows. After a favorable horizontal stretch, The Uruguayan striker’s job is just to put the ball in an empty net. However, that goal of Nunez also had a little ripple for difficult people, as he shot with his heel and the trajectory of the ball into the net was not in a straight line as usual.
With the format of this friendly tournament, the players of both teams will have another penalty shootout, regardless of the official 90’s results.
And on the 11-meter mark, AC Milan was better than the opponent. Defender Kostas Tsimikas and midfielder Naby Keita were the ones who missed the Liverpool side. Meanwhile, AC Milan has only one person who failed to perform successfully – Yacine Adli.
Final round: Liverpool 4-1 AC Milan (3-4 penalties)
Scored: Salah 5′, Saelemaekers 29′, Thiago 41, Nunez 82′, 88′
Liverpool: Kelleher – Gomez, Matip, Phillips, Milner, Robertson – Thiago, Elliott, Bajcetic – Salah, Firmino, Chamberlain.
AC Milan: Mirante – Pobega, Gabbia, Thiaw, Kalulu – Rebic, Krunic, Tonali, Saelemaekers, Adli – Lazetić
Crouching Dragon | 00:59 December 17, 2022