Liverpool handed double boost as AC Milan pair ruled out of clash
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Liverpool and AC Milan clash again
16 years on from the most famous Champions League result, AC Milan and Liverpool are set to clash once again, this time in the group stage rather than the final. The pair of sides have been drawn in a tricky group, along with FC Porto and current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool will be looking to go further than their disappointing defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter finals last time out, while AC Milan will be returning to the competition for the first time since the 2013/14 season, courtesy of their brilliant Serie A campaign last time out.
However, the Reds have been handed an early advantage in the group, as it has been revealed that key forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be available for selection due to injury.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has picked up an injury and is ruled out of AC Milan’s Champions League game against Liverpool tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/NyfKOiC7Uv
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 14, 2021
The Swede has only just recovered from a serious knee injury, and netted on his return to red and black last weekend. However, he will not be able to test himself against Van Dijk this time around.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 12, 2021
Giroud not fit enough for full game
Speaking to the media ahead of the clash, Milan boss Stefano Pioli revealed that Olivier Giroud was also not fit enough to play the full game, further limiting the options available to the Rossoneri up top. When asked about his fitness, Pioli said:
“Two weeks off for Giroud affected his condition, it’s a shame because he was really well. Two days are not enough to get back to having 90 minutes in one’s legs, but a segment of the race could be possible. The doubt will be about who will play between Rebic and Giroud and who will then take over.”
This leaves Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao as the only two fully fit recognised strikers, which could play into Jurgen Klopp’s sides’ hands perfectly as they look to kick off their group in style.