AC Milan captain Davide Calabria fulfilled lifelong dream despite Liverpool defeat at Anfield

The temporary Rossoneri skipper confessed it was a dream come true to play at Anfield but did concede Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side played at a pace the Italian outfit are not used to

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A.C. Milan captain for the evening Davide Calabria has revealed he made a dream come true on Wednesday evening as he led his side out as skipper at Anfield against Jurgen Klopp'sLiverpool.

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However, the Italian international did concede that the hosts played at a tempo the Serie A giants were not accustomed to and his side took time to adapt to the pace of the Champions League.

Milan were second best for much of the first half, falling behind in the opening exchanged after Trent Alexander-Arnold's right-footed effort took a significant deflection off of former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori and beyond the despairing Mike Maignan in the Milan goal.

Jordan Henderson's strike proved to be the winner for Liverpool over A.C. Milan
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Maignan kept Milan in the game shortly after, when he saved Mohamed Salah's spot-kick effort, the penalty miss prompting a newfound spark in the Italians – two goals in quick succession ensuring Stefano Pioli's side went in at the interval with a shock 2-1 lead.

However, the second half posed a different picture – a goal from Salah levelled things up shortly into the second-half, before Jordan Henderson's fantastic strike from just outside of the box handed the hosts all three points on match-day one.

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"Liverpool started really strong, you can see they are accustomed to a different tempo and are one of the best teams in the world, with formidable players in every area," Calabria told Sky Sport Italia.

"It was a difficult match and almost like several games in one. We didn’t feel afraid, we were just struggling to get a grip on the situation.

"We did and turned the game around, but made mistakes and should’ve been more concentrated to avoid conceding those two goals."

However, Calabria did end on a more upbeat note, explaining there are positives to take for the seven-time European champions.

"In an atmosphere like this, the first time Milan were in the Champions League for seven years and the first time many of us were in the Champions League, against one of the best teams in the world, I’d say we did really well to turn it around and score two goals here.

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Davide Calabria confessed it was a dream to captain A.C. Milan at Anfield (Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images)

"We have to build on the positives, it’s only natural we’d struggle at times. Once we found our tempo, we managed to hurt them."

In the absence of official club captain Simon Kjaer, Calabria wore the armband for Milan's first ever visit to Anfield and was beaming with a pride as a result.

"It was the dream of every child, especially for me, to lead the team out in this theatre of football.

"It’s a pity about the result, but we hope to have more chances to prove ourselves this season."

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