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AC Milan’s double injury blow hands Liverpool Champions League fixture boost

Both Liverpool and AC Milan are expected to be without seven players for Tuesday’s Champions League game at the San Siro, with the hosts needing a win to keep their hopes alive

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AC Milan have suffered a double injury blow ahead of their Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

Strikers Pietro Pellegri and Rafael Leao will both miss the crucial game at the San Siro with muscular injuries.

Although Liverpool are already through to the last 16 as Group B winners, Milan need to win to have any chance of progressing.

Stefano Pioli’s side are currently one point behind Porto in second and level on points with Atletico Madrid.

Milan will also be without Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria, Ante Rebic, Olivier Giroud and Samu Castillejo for the final group game.

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AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli knows his team must beat Liverpool to have any chance of progressing
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And Theo Hernandez has a cold, although he is expected to be available for selection.

The good news for Milan is Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may decide to rest players ahead of a tricky run of fixtures.

The Reds have Premier League games against Aston Villa, Newcastle, Tottenham, Leeds, Leicester and Chelsea coming up in the next four weeks.

They also have a League Cup quarter-final against the Foxes to look forward to, a competition Klopp is yet to win.

“We will do what we have to,” said the Liverpool manager when asked about his team selection at his pre-match press conference.

Klopp added: “We have to rotate, that’s clear. ‘We have to’ is the headline, actually. It’s always like this, you make changes with fresh legs.

“That’s the idea behind it… I cannot give the line-up, but we cannot change it all. I can’t start with nine, that’s not possible.

“We’ll see if Mo [Salah] plays, but the players understand the situation. We want to field the best side for the situation we’re in. We’ve got five games in 14 days.”

At least seven Liverpool players are expected to miss the game, with Adrian, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita all injured.

James Milner, meanwhile, is suspended after picking up three yellow cards in the Champions League.

“I’m in the hands of the medical department,” added Klopp. “I have to accept their decisions. They have played a lot of games, who can we take?

Jurgen Klopp is looking to rest players ahead of a busy few weeks for his team
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“We can change [make substitutions] five times in the Champions League, which helps. It’s possible players coming back from injuries get minutes. Hopefully.”

Klopp revealed Divock Origi is “pretty likely” to start the game after scoring a last-minute winner against Wolves on Saturday.

The German added: “Moan is not the right word, but he knocks on my door and we talk from time to time.

“It’s about letting things happen. He had injuries in the wrong moments. I remember that decisive moment [in 2016] when he was flying and got injured vs Everton.

“We had to rush him back for the Europa League final. Things like this are decisive for careers. Div played behind Mo, Bobby [Firmino] and Sadio [Mane].

“It doesn’t mean you’re not world class if you don’t start for us. It’s a nice story, let’s carry on from here.”

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