AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer warns Liverpool the Italian giants are determined ‘to prove they are not on vacation’ forward of their first Champions League match in SEVEN YEARS
Milan will make their first foray into the Champions League in seven years as Anfield performs host to the aspect’s opening group stage sport, whereas Liverpool start their quest for his or her seventh title.
The Reds face a tough begin to their European journey this season, with supervisor Jurgen Klopp even admitting they have been drawn one of many hardest teams with Atletico Madrid, who Liverpool crashed out towards within the final 16 final season, Porto and Milan.
Simon Kjaer warned Liverpool that AC Milan are out to prove themselves forward of their conflict
Stefano Pioli’s aspect have been the one workforce everybody was making an attempt to keep away from in pot 4, the place the lowest-ranked groups within the competitors have been being drawn out.
The Rossoneri missed out to rivals Inter within the Serie A title race having led the way in which for many of the season, however have addressed the backbone of the workforce over the summer season with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Fikayo Tomori and goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
And, forward of their journey to Merseyside, Kjaer claimed that Milan have been ready to offer a problem for Klopp’s aspect upon their return to the Champions League after rising ‘bodily and mentally’.
Milan strengthened their squad with new arrivals Olivier Giroud (left) and Fikayo Tomori (proper)
‘We want the identical mentality, Liverpool are very sturdy, however for my part we now have grown each bodily and mentally in comparison with the final sport in Europe,’ Kjaer stated.
‘Tomorrow, will probably be tough, however I do know the coach and he desires us to go there and play for Milan. We are there to prove that we are not on vacation.’
‘We have ready effectively,’ he added. ‘We are at a great level in our path, we now have grown quite a bit and now we should reveal.
‘Matches like this are those we play soccer for. Not many consider that we will go there and play for it, however that’s our mentality.
Milan start their Champions League marketing campaign away to Liverpool on Wednesday night time
‘With the utmost respect, however we are going to play, as towards any workforce.’
The Denmark captain arrived at Milan in January 2020 on a mortgage deal from Sevilla earlier than signing completely final September and believes he has improved alongside the workforce.
‘I additionally suppose I’m enjoying my greatest soccer, however I solely play effectively if the workforce does effectively,’ he stated.
Remarkably, given the pedigree of the 2 golf equipment, that is the primary time Liverpool have ever hosted Milan, their solely earlier conferences coming within the finals of 2005 – the story of which has been informed many instances over – and 2007.
The final time they performed one another was in a pre-season pleasant in 2016, in what Klopp’s first summer season in cost. Liverpool made quick work of Milan that night time in California, profitable 2-0 on the dwelling of the San Francisco 49ers, however there gained’t be any such formality now.
Liverpool have had historic battles with Milan up to now together with the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals