Liverpool and AC Milan don’t seem able to do normal games of football when they meet. Thankfully.
Having between them produced arguably the greatest European Cup final of all time in 2005, when the Reds came back from 3-0 down to win the trophy on penalties, they then gave us Milan’s revenge in another gripping tournament-deciding showdown two years later.
On Wednesday, they produced another see-saw classic that saw the Reds take the lead, miss a penalty, somehow give away two goals late in the first half and then rally in the second to claim the win through Jordan Henderson’s magnificent half-volley.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport, afterwards “Not a bad welcome back for supporters to Anfield, who were enjoying their first Champions League game at the ground since March 2020.
“We got carried away by our own football,”
“It was clear that we had to immediately get back to how we started and then we scored wonderful goals, to be honest. It is deserved but we had 10 minutes where Milan nearly changed the whole tie.”
Defender Andy Robertson added: “First half an hour we blew them away. Then we got sloppy and stopped doing the things we were doing really well.
“We let them back into the game and walked in at half-time thinking ‘how have we let this happen?’
“We need to be smarter. Really tough but we managed to come out second half, play our football and enjoy it again.”