Crazybola.com – In the 2005 and 2007 Champions League final replay, Liverpool and AC Milan will meet again in the first week of their Group B phase on Thursday (16/9) WIB at Anfield.
Both teams are the most successful teams in the competition after Real Madrid, with Liverpool having won six titles while AC Milan have seven.
Headlines of Liverpool’s win over Leeds United at the weekend should have centered around Mohamed Salah’s 100th Premier League goal, but the horror injury to Harvey Elliott overshadows what should have been a happy day for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Fabinho all scored in the 3-0 win at Elland Road, but the 18-year-old midfielder – who has started to establish himself as a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp this season – had to be carried off on a stretcher with a sprained ankle following a knee injury. Pascal Struijk’s reckless foul.
Meanwhile, after claiming three wins and three clean sheets from four Premier League games so far this season, which also extended their unbeaten run to 13 games, Liverpool will now hope to kick off their struggles in this hellish group with a win at home to AC Milan. .
Despite failing to retain the top spot for the eventual 2020/2021 scudetto title to Inter Milan, AC Milan once again started their fight to win the Serie A title for the first time since 2011 very well this season.
AC Milan have won all three of their opening matches in Serie A this season, including a 2-0 win over previous leaders Lazio at the San Siro, a result which left them second in the table, only behind on goal difference to Roma.
This 2021/2022 season marks AC Milan’s return to the Champions League after an eight-year absence, so they will now hope to mark a return to Europe’s elite competition with a good result.
The two teams have only met twice in the Champions League, in the 2005 and 2007 finals respectively, with both teams beating each other.
Roberto Firmino and Neco Williams remain injured for Liverpool and have been ruled out of this match. Harvey Elliott suffered a long-term injury against Leeds United.
Olivier Giroud is available after recovering from COVID-19 ahead of Milan’s weekend match against Lazio. Tiemoue Bakayoko picked up an injury against Lazio and with Rade Krunic, he will not be available here.
Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane
AC Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan; Theo Hernandez, Fikayo Tomori, Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria; Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie; Rafael Leao, Brahim Diaz, Alexis Saelemaekers; Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Both teams came into this match with positive capital in their respective domestic competitions. Liverpool beat Leeds 0-3 at Elland Road, while AC Milan beat Lazio 2-0 at the San Siro.
AC Milan will be determined to restore their status as a European power with senior players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud providing a huge morale boost.
At Anfield, however, Liverpool will be a tough opponent to face and the hosts are expected to win this match, although it won’t be an easy game for them.
Score Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 AC Milan