Liverpool get their Champions League group stage campaign underway by welcoming seven-time European champions AC Milan to Anfield on Wednesday at 8pm (UK time).
These sides have met just twice in competitive football and both meetings have been in Champions League finals, with Liverpool winning that famous night in Istanbul in 2005 before AC Milan enacted their revenge two years later.
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Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 1-1 AC Milan
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Liverpool vs AC Milan build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Liverpool are one of the five teams still unbeaten in the Premier League after four games this season and currently sit third on 10 points (level with three other sides). But that will all be pushed to one side this week as the Reds start their quest to add a seventh Champions League trophy to their cabinet, becoming the second-most successful side in the competition’s history as a result. Last season Jurgen Klopp’s side bowed out with a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, having been knocked out in the last-16 the year prior (as defending champions).
The Reds were given a tough group and they have a big opponent in their opening match, one of just two teams to have won the Champions League more than them. AC Milan’s victory over Liverpool in 2007 was their seventh glory in this competition but they haven’t really had the chance to add to that, failing to qualify for the Champions League for the past seven seasons. A top four finish last season secured their return to the big stage and they enter Wednesday’s match in good form, as one of Serie A’s three perfect teams, winning all three of their opening matches including a 2-0 victory over Lazio at the weekend.
- Liverpool (vs Leeds): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott*, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane.
- AC Milan (vs Lazio): Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Florenzi, Diaz, Leao; Rebic.
Harvey Elliott will undergo surgery after suffering an ankle injury in the win over Leeds at the weekend and is expected to be out for some time, joining Roberto Firmino and Neco Williams on the sidelines. Olivier Giroud will be available for AC Milan’s trip to Anfield, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko and Rade Krunic.
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Klopp: I thought about turning off in 2005
When the Champions League group stage draw was made just a few weeks ago, one of the standout ties was Liverpool going up against AC Milan as a repeat of those two Champions League finals in 2005 and 2007. While the latter will be remembered fondly by AC Milan fans, the 2005 final in Istanbul will go down in history as one of the best Champions League finals of all time and one of football’s greatest comebacks.
Thanks to goals from Paolo Maldini and Hernan Crespo (two), AC Milan took a commanding 3-0 lead into half-time and looked set to cruise to their seventh Champions League glory, with many believing that was that. But within 15 minutes of the second half, Liverpool were level as Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso dragged the Reds back into the game. They would go on to win the final on penalties with Jerzy Dudek the shootout hero, with his “jelly legs” replicated across playgrounds in the following weeks.
But current Liverpool manager Klopp has admitted he did think about turning the game over at half time, as a neutral, believing the final to be over.
“[I remember] the obvious things, obviously,” he told reporters.
“That night I was thinking about not watching the second half, to be honest, because like everybody in the world – apart from a few people in the Liverpool dressing room – I thought that this game might be decided. The fightback was impressive, but what I remember is some incredible saves from [Jerzy] Dudek.
“He had to keep them in the game; they scored three goals, but Milan could have scored more goals and that would have probably closed the game. That’s what I remember from the football game, but at that time I was neither an AC Milan supporter nor a Liverpool supporter, so it was just watching the Champions League final.
“After 3-0 and with all the things said before the game, Milan were probably the favourites and stuff like this, it looked like the game was decided. It became then one of the biggest football sensations ever and I was really happy that I didn’t switch the telly off and that I watched the whole game.”
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