Liverpool and AC Milan will face each other as they kick off their respective Champions League campaign for the 2021-22 season, with a jaw-dropping match at Anfield on Wednesday, in a rematch of the 2005 and 2007 finals. While Milan are aiming for their eighth triumph on the continent, the Reds are aiming for their seventh European title this season. Here is our expert guess on Liverpool vs AC Milan football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Champions League match of the season.
Midfielder Harvey Elliott will be out for an extended period of time for Liverpool after suffering a horrific leg injury during the Premier League football match on Sunday against Leeds.
The Reds will also be without Roberto Firmino due to his injury.
This summer Oliver Giroud left Chelsea and after returning from a Covid-imposed absence he could make a quick return to England.
In this clash between historically two heavyweights on the first European night at Anfield, Liverpool will undoubtedly be boosted to victory with a crowd since the now-infamous clash with Atletico Madrid as the coronavirus pandemic was first taking hold in the UK.
A tense and closely fought battle should be in store on Merseyside with both of these European behemoths making quick starts to domestic title challenges and looking to carry that momentum over to continental competition.
In the Champions League, there is a brief but well-documented history between Liverpool and AC Milan but we don’t see either side gaining an advantage and are betting on a score draw in Wednesday’s opener.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Tonali; Florenzi, Diaz, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Our Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 AC Milan
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