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15th September, 2021
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Liverpool welcome AC Milan to Anfield for the very first time as they clash in the first round of the UEFA Champions League at 5:00am AEST.

These teams are two of the all time legends of the competition but have had very different recent periods of success. Liverpool won the competition again just recently in 2019 whilst this is the first time in the Champions League for Milan since 2014. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog starting from 4:50am (AEST).

Group B is going to produce some attractive clashes as the four teams go head to head and what better way to start than Liverpool welcoming AC Milan to Anfield. They’ve been involved in some of the most memorable games in Champions League history and yet these two have met only twice before and never at Anfield.

Liverpool are in a good run of form at the moment and have conceded just the one goal in the Premier League so far this season. With the central defender injury crisis of last season over, the Reds are looking back to their ways of 2019 when they took the Premier title.

The partnership of Fabinho and Thiago in midfield showed some good potential against Leeds last weekend. The pair complement each other well and Jurgen Klopp will be eager to see how they perform on the top stage.

18-year-old Harvey Elliot will be missing for a while after dislocating his ankle in that match against Leeds so Jordan Henderson will likely take his place and start. Roberto Firmino is also under an injury cloud and so Diogo Jota will likely get the nod to play up front.

This will be Milan’s first Champions League match for seven years and with new signings such as Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud, the Italians will see this trip to Anfield as a great chance to start the competition with an important away win.

Club legend Kaka believes Milan will pick up all three points and believes the fact that this group of Liverpool players have already tasted success whilst many of the Milan squad haven’t yet, will be a key factor. “The enthusiasm of those who have dreamed of playing this tournament for a long time can make the difference” said Kaka this week as he previewed the match.

Unfortunately for Milan, their 40 year strike Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be available as he picked up an Achilles injury. Coach Stefano Pioli faces some other selection challenges with midfielder Sandro Tonali missing their last training session and Olivier Giroud still not back to full match fitness, although the former Chelsea man will likely feature for part of the game.

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Prediction

Liverpool to win 2-1.

Game information
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, UK
Kick-off: 5:00am (AEST)
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Liverpool $1.37, AC Milan $6.80 – odds via PlayUp

Teams
Liverpool
Alisson, Loris Karius, Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrián, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konaté, Billy Koumetio, Joël Matip, Nathaniel Phillips, Virgil van Dijk, Neco Williams, Thiago Alcântara, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones, Naby Keïta, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Harvey Elliot, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Roman Yaremchuk

AC Milan
Mike Maignan, Alessandro Plizzari, Ciprian Tătăruşanu, Davide Calabria, Andrea Conti, Alessandro Florenzi, Pierre Kalulu, Theo Hernández, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Matteo Gabbia, Simon Kjær, Alessio Romagnoli, Fikayo Tomori, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Ismael Bennacer, Franck Kessié, Sandro Tonali, Rade Krunić, Daniel Maldini, Ante Rebić, Brahim Diaz, Samu Castillejo, Alexis Saelemaekers, Rafael Leão, Junior Messias, Olivier Giroud, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pietro Pellegri

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