Klopp on Salah and new goalkeeper coach Taffarel
Jurgen Klopp responds to criticism of Mo Salah being selfish and discusses Liverpool’s new GK coach Cláudio Taffarel ahead of his teams Premier League clash against Wolves.
AC Milan vs Liverpool: Line-ups
Liverpool May Field Second-tier Lineup
Liverpool will aim to make it six wins from six in the 2021-22 Champions League when they pay a visit to San Siro to lock horns with AC Milan on Tuesday night. Jurgen Klopp’s dominant crop are already assured of their place in the last 16, while the Rossoneri are involved in a three-way battle for second place in Group B.
Asserting their dominance on the continental stage has not gone at all to plan for the Rossoneri, but in one of the tournament’s heart-warming success stories, former delivery driver Junior Messias scored his first goal for the club on his first Champions League start to hand Milan a crucial 1-0 win. That victory represents Milan’s only win of the 2021-22 tournament so far – having lost three and drawn one of their opening four games in Group B – and after seemingly being down and out, the third-placed Rossoneri are now just one point behind second-placed Porto.
Their fate is out of their own hands, but victory at San Siro coupled with a Porto-Atletico stalemate would see Stefano Pioli’s men book their place in the last-16, and they have secured back-to-back Serie A wins over Genoa and Salernitana ahead of this battle. No visiting team has been able to keep a clean sheet on the San Siro turf this season, and there would be no better time for Milan to claim their first Champions League home win since September 2013, especially with Liverpool simply playing for pride.
Only Ajax and Bayern Munich can also boast a perfect record of five wins from five ahead of the final matchweek, but upon their return to domestic action, the Reds were bailed out by last-minute hero Divock Origi in the last knockings of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
That narrow win marked the end of the Reds’ astonishing two-goals-per-game streak – which stood at 18 matches before the trip to Molineux – but they have now won five on the bounce in all tournaments and boast eight goals from their two away games in Group B so far.
An inexperienced Liverpool side playing on the San Siro turf for the first time may just come up short this week, especially with Pioli’s side having much more to fight for in midweek. Very rarely are the Reds kept at bay no matter who leads the line, but the Rossoneri’s settled XI can follow up their hard-fought Wanda Metropolitano win with a victory that may or may not be enough for a spot in the knockout rounds.