Here’s our prediction as Liverpool face AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League. It’s a historic game for a couple of reasons.
This is, bizarrely, the first time AC Milan will play a competitive game at Anfield. The seven-time European champions and six-time European champions have never been drawn against each other before.
They’ve faced in two finals, of course, but as part of a draw? Never. This is a fairly historic game, then, as Liverpool welcome the last European giant to their home ground.
But how will the game go? We have a look at some key factors ahead of our prediction for Liverpool vs AC Milan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the star man at Milan, despite turning 40 next month. 15 goals in 19 Serie A games last season shows that, though he suffered a fairly serious injury to send the campaign.
That kept the Swede out for a while and he only made his season debut at the weekend. He came on as a second-half substitute against Lazio and scored within six minutes.
Will Liverpool rotate?
This is a tough Champions League group and every point will matter. At the same time, Liverpool had an intense game vs Leeds United and there will be tired legs.
An injury to Roberto Firmino essentially forces Jurgen Klopp to play the same front-three here as he did at Elland Road. Midfield, too, might look similar. Harvey Elliott’s injury means he’s not an option – so will Klopp go with both Thiago and Jordan Henderson?
This is the big decision. Can Klopp put out his strongest team and expect the same intensity? It’s an intensity that Liverpool need, too, if they’re to get out of this group. Can’t be dropping points against the fourth-seeded side.
Liverpool vs AC Milan prediction
We do think Liverpool will have enough in the tank to play their best XI here and overwhelm an Ibrahimovic-less Milan. The international break makes that possible, given several players got some rest.
Resting a few against Crystal Palace next weekend makes more sense than resting here. We’ll go for a fairly comfortable 2-0 Liverpool win.