Liverpool v AC Milan: Match in pictures
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Michael Owen believes Liverpool have several problems that will need remedying in the transfer market in the near future. The Reds have made an impressive start to the 2021/22 season under Jurgen Klopp, winning four and drawing one of their games, but the club’s former striker thinks trouble could be just around the corner.
Liverpool kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 win over AC Milan at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Trent Alexander-Arnold forced Fikayo Tomori into an own goal to make it 1-0 before Mohamed Salah saw his penalty saved by Mike Maignan.
AC Milan soaked up the pressure and struck twice in quick succession before half-time through Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz to go into the break 2-1 up.
Liverpool turned things around as Salah made up for his penalty miss with a deft finish from Divock Origi’s chipped through-ball and Jordan Henderson won it with a sweet half-volley from the edge of the penalty area.
It was a brilliant night under the lights at Anfield for the fans, but Owen highlighted an area of concern before kick-off.
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Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho and Andy Robertson all renewed their Liverpool deals over August, but Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are yet to commit their futures to the club.
All three attackers are 29 and will see their current deals expire in June 2023 and Owen therefore thinks action is needed in the transfer window soon.
“I think Liverpool are going to address it,” he said on BT Sport.
“What I think the big concern is [that] everyone is going to be old at the same time, in three or four years. Look at the front three: Firmino, Salah and Mane – all late 20s.
“Another three or four years you’re not going to replace one, it all of a sudden goes bump and you’ve got to replace two of them.
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“I think that’s the general around the team – the Matips, the Van Dijks – they’re all late 20s now.
“You’ve got your Henderson and Milners, but that’s fine, that’s experienced but when there’s a glut – that will happen – in four, five years that’s something that Jurgen Klopp has to address next year.”
Liverpool were quiet in the summer transfer window, with Ibrahima Konate’s £36million move from RB Leipzig their sole addition.
Rather than splashing the cash, like some of their rivals, Liverpool opted to tie key players down to new deals and move on fringe players.
Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi and Xherdan Shaqiri all left the club on permanent transfers, meaning the Reds might well have funds to reinvest in the coming windows.
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