Champions League nights return to Anfield on Wednesday when Liverpool welcome AC Milan as Jurgen Klopp’s men bid to continue their blistering start to the season
The visiting Rossoneri are back in Europe’s elite competition after an eight-year absence.
Having fallen before the semi-final stage in the past two seasons, Liverpool are hoping to replicate their 2019 triumph this time around, the Reds’ first continental crown since they famously beat Milan in 2005.
That and the 2007 final (which the Italian giants won) are the only times the two clubs have ever competitively met, but they boast 13 European Cups between them to make this a historic clash.
What time is Liverpool vs AC Milan?
The match will kick-off at 8pm.
It will mark the end of match day one in the Champions League group stage, having began last night.
Each side finished third in their respective divisions last season, having each been top of the table at Christmas but falling off due to a combination of poor form and injuries as their campaigns began to take shape in the spring.
Polish referee Szymon Marciniak will take charge of the game as Atletico Madrid welcome Porto in the group’s other fixture.
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Liverpool vs AC Milan TV channel and live stream
The match will be broadcast on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7pm.
UK viewers will be able to stream the match online via the BT Sport app.
Jake Humphrey will be presenting after Gary Lineker left BT at the end of last term.
Rio Ferdinand will be joined by Peter Crouch (who played in the 2007 final) and Michael Owen on punditry duty in the studio.
Darren Fletcher and Glenn Hoddle will be commentary and former Premier League official Peter Walton will be on hand to discuss any interesting refereeing decisions.
What’s the team news?
The big news ahead of the game is that Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out.
It comes as a boost for Klopp, who described the ex-Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan hitman as “exceptional.”
“Zlatan! What a player,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “I think I saw vids of him when he got injured and then early enough he was fightback ‘lions don’t rest long’ or whatever [he said].
“He’s a man for exceptional moments. If he’s not playing, Giroud will play. All really good players,” the German stated.
“Zlatan is one of the best players this game has ever seen. He knows that and he tells us. I like that. There is still fuel in the tank and he squeezes every drop out. He’s capable to play in every league and that is exceptional.”
Stefano Pioli will also be without midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Rade Krunic.
For the home side, Harvey Elliott will miss the first of what is likely to be many matches due to his horrific ankle dislocation, while Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino remain sidelined through muscle injuries.
Here are the Grosvenor Sport odds (prices subject to change):
AC Milan 21/4