Alexis Saelemaekers has admitted that it was ‘important’ for him to score and end his 35-game run without a goal, as he talked through his tribute to Simon Kjaer.
Saelemaekers was interviewed by Milan TV after the match between Milan and Salernitana and he reflected on the win and his goal, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
“The feeling of returning to scoring was good even if it was important to win and then prepare well for the match against Liverpool. I’m happy for the whole team,” he said.
In his celebrations, Saelemaekers ran over to the sidelines and grabbed a shirt with Kjaer’s name printed on, paying tribute to the defender who has just undergone surgery on his knee ligaments and will miss the rest of the season.
“He is an important player for us who helps us a lot and for me it was important to score to dedicate the goal to him. However, it was important to play the game today and score immediately. We immediately scored two and in the second half we could have got more. The thing to remember today though are the 3 points.
“Liverpool? I think it will be a difficult match because they are one of the strongest teams in recent years. If we go out on the pitch with the same attitude we did against Atletico, we can win.”