Liverpool will be looking to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start at Anfield on Wednesday night against an AC Milan team that will be missing injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After making his first Serie A appearance of the season for the San Siro team at the weekend, the Swedish international felt some discomfort in his achilles tendon and has been ruled out.
The 39 year old marked his return by scoring within seven minutes of coming off the bench in the 2-0 victory at home to Lazio on Sunday.
As reported on the official Liverpool website, Milan coach Stefano Pioli provided an update on the situation.
“Zlatan would have liked to join the match, of course. After the match [versus Lazio] he had some inflammation,
“We hoped he could in any case play but he still had pain, so we don’t want to risk [him] tomorrow. It’s a very important match but we have so many matches.
“But we are very well prepared, we have [Ante] Rebic and Olivier [Giroud] – we will decide who will start and who will then join afterwards. Of course we’re very sorry for Zlatan because he always wants to play. He’ll be back soon.”
A good start at home for Liverpool is imperative in what is a very tough group that also contains Atletico Madrid and FC Porto.