Liverpool v Milan: Champions League – live! | Soccer
Top news : Virgil van Dijk can stand, given he is only on the bench, as Joe Gomez, who has played a minute of first-team football since last November, is back in the starting XI. Divock Origi too, while Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita replace injured Thiago and Harvey Elliott in midfield.
Liverpool against Milan, you say? You don’t mind if I do. Two clubs with European pedigree but which the gods of chance have previously decreed should never meet outside of the Champions League finals. Everyone will remember the phenomenal 2005 final, less the more mundane 2007 version, but these are the only ever competitive meetings between these two teams. Liverpool have faced Inter four times, Juventus and Napoli six times each, and Roma seven times, but somehow their orbit and Milan’s never really intersect. Liverpool have faced Udinese, Genoa and Fiorentina as often as they have faced the Rossoneri.
But now they’re on the verge of doubling their all-time head-to-head matches in the space of a few weeks, and we’re alive to witness that. Milan started their domestic season with flying colors – three wins in their first three games with a 7-1 aggregate – and Liverpool as well – three wins in their first four games with a total of 8-1. With Atlético Madrid and Porto also in the squad, there is little room for error here: three home wins and a positive away result is the most obvious formula for progress.
“It’s the strongest group we’ve had since I’ve been at Liverpool, there’s no doubt about it,” said Jürgen Klopp. “In 2013, in Dortmund, we also had a real Champions League group. We had Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax which was a good group where people were like, ‘Oh my God, how are we going to do this? It’s also a good group. This group will be exciting from the first to the last second.
So, to sum it up: exciting times. Thanks for sharing them with me. Now, for more on Klopp’s pre-game thoughts, read this: