CHRIS SUTTON: Bring on the battle of the airtight defences as Liverpool lock horns with AC Milan

CHRIS SUTTON: Bring on the battle of the airtight defences as Liverpool lock horns with AC Milan


CHRIS SUTTON: Bring on the battle of the airtight defences as Liverpool put together to lock horns with AC Milan once more in the Champions League

  • Liverpool take on AC Milan of their first Champions League group stage match 
  • The Rossoneri have one of the greatest defensive information in Europe’s elite leagues 
  • Denmark nationwide workforce captain Simon Kjaer is a talisman at the again for Milan
  • Stefano Pioli’s aspect might be with out Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has an achilles situation


AC Milan have saved seven clear sheets since the begin of May — the most of any membership in Europe’s elite leagues. Liverpool have saved six — the second most.

These are two airtight defences that meet at Anfield on Wednesday. At Liverpool there’s competitors now to be Virgil van Dijk’s accomplice. Joel Matip has began each recreation this season, however Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate are eager and ready for his or her possibilities to make that place their very own.

Defensively that confidence is coming again for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect. It price them final season when Van Dijk was out, however now he’s again and so is that ‘thou shalt not move’ perception.

Liverpool will face a difficult test in AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday

Liverpool will face a troublesome take a look at in AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday

Milan have kept seven clean sheets since the start of May — the most of any club in Europe

Milan have saved seven clear sheets since the begin of May — the most of any membership in Europe

Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Fikayo Tomori didn’t give Serie A high scorer Ciro Immobile an inch of their 2-0 win over Lazio on Sunday. But Romagnoli mentioned afterwards that enjoying a really excessive line was key to that victory — that might play into Liverpool’s arms in the event that they apply the similar technique tonight.

Klopp’s attackers like it when opponents depart them area in behind. Mohamed Salah regarded like he was loving his soccer in opposition to Leeds, and Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are large threats when hanging on opponents’ shoulders all the similar.

Milan gained’t die questioning, although. They are a younger aspect with a sprinkling of expertise in the squad in Simon Kjaer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Stefano Pioli’s aspect play with loads of vitality and have the legs in the centre of the park. They can deal with the ball too with Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie, Ismael Bennacer, Alexis Saelemaekers, Samu Castillejo or Tiemoue Bakayoko, whoever they play. Winning the ball excessive would imply they’re nearer to their goalscorer. 

Denmark national team captain Simon Kjaer (right) is the talisman at the back for the Rossoneri

Denmark nationwide workforce captain Simon Kjaer (proper) is the talisman at the again for the Rossoneri

Milan will, however, be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is injured with an achilles injury

Milan will, nonetheless, be with out Zlatan Ibrahimovic who’s injured with an achilles damage

That gained’t be Ibrahimovic, who made a scoring return from a severe knee damage as he completed a counter-attack in opposition to Lazio however will miss Wednesday’s match with an achilles damage.

But everyone knows what a handful Olivier Giroud will be, with the Frenchman now out there once more after testing optimistic for Covid, and so too the speedy Ante Rebic.

Liverpool ought to beware these guests. Milan are a proficient bunch and so they understand it, so let’s see if they will again up the speak at Anfield and go toe to toe.

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