Milan boss delivers glowing verdict of ‘dangerous’ Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 16th September 2021 4:08 - Matthew Stead

Liverpool left AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli impressed with their quality.

The Serie A side went to Anfield for the first time in their history and led for a period on Merseyside after a late blitz in the first half.

But Liverpool recovered to equalise through Mo Salah before Jordan Henderson’s wonderful winning volley.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took control of their Champions League group as a result after Atletico Madrid and Porto drew, with Pioli admitting Milan “are not quite there yet” in terms of competing directly with them.

“We played a really tough opponent and we put in a huge effort right to the very end,” he said. “It is pretty indicative of the level we have achieved thus far.

“Liverpool are at a high level but we are not quite there yet. We will use this game to develop further and to gain experience in this competition.

“Liverpool are dangerous. Probably we could have done a bit more but the level of our opponents really punished us on those occasions, that’s why we paid for the errors we made.

“They played a game of high quality and high intensity and in certain situations we just weren’t up to it from a physical point of view. We tried to withstand all of that and maybe not as well as we could have done.

“Conceding the goal at 2-2 gave them the opportunity to go at us right until the very end.

“We were very good after the first 25 minutes, when we found ourselves having a tough time.

“We went into the lead and were a couple of inches way from going 3-1 up and that might have changed things and taken things away from Liverpool.

“Obviously 3-2 is something we regret to a certain extent. It is a shame we got caught out with that set-piece towards the end.

“We are the youngest team in the group so coming up against a team like Liverpool is a huge challenge.

“We are playing against a really good team used to playing at this level. If we play as a team we can give anybody a game at this level.”

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