The Istanbul miracle is back on the cards as Liverpool kicks off their 2021-22 UEFA Champions League campaign by welcoming AC Milan to Anfield on Wednesday. It will be the 1st Matchday of Group B, which contains 15 UCL titles in total (Liverpool 6, A.C. Milan 7, Porto 2, Atletico Madrid 0)
The 6 times European Champions, Liverpool will be hoping to put all the 3 points in their bag in the opening fixture. As gaining early momentum in the group of death becomes crucial to qualify for the next round.
On the other hand, Milan will be happy to make their return to the Champions League after being absent from the greatest stage for 8 long years.
Liverpool vs AC Milan: Match Preview
In the previous edition of the Champions League, Liverpool were knocked out in the quarter-finals by the Spanish giants Real Madrid. Although during their previous campaign, the reds were agonizing from an injury crisis. However, this time around Jurgen Klopp’s side is well prepared for such situations.
Having played 4 matches so far in this season, Liverpool have won 3 and drawn 1. The Reds will be coming into this match with a 3-0 victory on their back. However, in the process, they suffered an injury blow in the name of their young prodigy Harvey Elliott.
Meanwhile, A.C. Milan will be looking forward to maintain their perfect record this season. Having won 3 out of 3, Milan have started their season with a bang in the Seria A.
The fixture will be reminiscing the memories of the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals. Thus, Liverpool fans will welcome their opponent with open arms as European nights will be back at Anfield.
Sharing 13 European titles between them, Liverpool and A.C. Milan meet again to serve their fans with yet another pleasant memory.
Liverpool will be missing their 18-year-old attacking midfielder Harvey Elliott owing to a dislocated ankle. Joining the injury bench are Neco Williams and Roberto Firmino, who is yet to recover from a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson should be back in the starting 11 after being brought on from the substitute bench against Leeds.
Apart from that, there are no bans or restrictions imposed by FIFA on any Brazilian player for this match.
Liverpool probable starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Jota, Mane.
Liverpool vs AC Milan: Prediction
Whenever these two European giants have collied they have produced a blockbuster match. Thus, expecting one this time too. However, Liverpool looks much stronger on paper and adding the home advantage it could end as Liverpool 2-0 A.C. Milan.