Lucky Liverpool fan gets souvenir off Jurgen Klopp as Paolo Maldini shows his class after AC Milan’s loss

The moments you might have missed in the Reds’ 3-2 victory in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Liverpool’s Champions League campaign got off to a cracking start with a rollercoaster 3-2 win over AC Milan at Anfield.

The Reds took the lead after nine minutes through a Fikayo Tomori own goal before Mohamed Salah had a penalty saved.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were made to pay for that miss and were stunned when Milan netted two quickfire goals to go into half-time with a 2-1 advantage.

But Liverpool showed their resolve after the interval, with Salah atoning for his mistake on 49 minutes before Jordan Henderson rifled home the match-winner with 21 minutes remaining.

Those were the key moments everyone watching will remember.

But we take a look at the events you might have missed from the defeat of the Rossoneri.

Jordan Henderson celebrates his match-winner. Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images

Klopp’s gift

There's nothing worse than when you're having a kick around with your mates and the game’s curtailed on the rare occasion the ball bursts.

Luckily enough, there's not a chance of that happening in the Champions League - especially with the multiball system in use.

That's why when the ball popped at Anfield, there was nothing more than a few ironic cheers. The perimeter of the pitch is awash with spares and one was quickly sent on.

But rather than the broken one finding it’s way to a rubbish bin, a lucky fan instead took home a souvenir.

Jurgen Klopp hurled the ball into the Main Stand crowd like a bride throwing her bouquet after tying the knot.

It landed in the arms of a supporter, who couldn't hide his delight when the cameras zoomed in on him.

A legend appreciated

Paolo Maldini. Picture: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Anfield was graced by the presence of a true legend of the game.

When football fans argue Paolo Maldini is the best defender of all time, it's hard to shoot the claim down.

His CV boasts seven Serie A titles and five European Cups - the last coming against Liverpool in 2007.

AC Milan's current technical director was given a hero's welcome on Merseyside, despite breaking the hearts of Kopites in Athens 14 years ago. True quality will always go appreciated.

At the full-time whistle, Maldini made his way onto the pitch to embrace Virgil van Dijk, who was given a rest by Klopp for the evening.

Then the Italian legend spent time speaking to the Liverpool boss on the sidelines.

It was all watched by stewards finalising their match-day duties. They were clearly in awe of Maldini, paying homage to his quality during his playing days by politely clapping.

Maldini didn't let them down either as he waved back to say thank you. A lovely touch.

Salah’s work-rate

Klopp's recently mentioned how Liverpool are looking to get Trent Alexander-Arnold in more central positions from his right-back role.

The academy graduate's quality on the ball means he's capable, with a maraud forward in the first half leading to the Reds' breakthrough via Tomori from his cross-cum-shot.

In the second period, when Alexander-Arnold again got into an advanced position, the move broke down and a gaping hole was left on the right-hand side of defence.

Yet there was Salah to race back and fill in as a makeshift defender to help thwart Milan's counter.

Liverpool’s Mo Salah in action against AC Milan. Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images

There was no strolling back from the forward, which can often be the case with some talismanic players. He put the afterburners on to track the danger.

It underlined Salah's commitment to the team and hunger to win.

Robertson the striker

Salah wasn't the only Liverpool player who found himself in a rare position throughout the evening.

Andy Robertson made a barnstorming start to the encounter. The left-back was full of energy and his high press put the visits under intense pressure.

At every moment, the Scot aimed to squeeze out from the back and get himself up the pitch.

One foray into enemy territory in the first period, after Diogo Jota had dropped deep, even saw Robertson fill the void left in the central striking position.

Unfortunately, an opportunity didn't fall his way and he was quickly back in his usual role.

But it again highlighted the fluidity and freedom that Klopp gives his players.