AC Milan will be hoping to put an end to their poor run of results against English sides in Europe when they face Liverpool at San Siro tonight.
The 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid last month has meant Milan actually still have a chance of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. They must beat Jurgen Klopp’s side and hope for a favour from Atletico Madrid against Porto, with a draw or a win for the Spanish side (albeit by an equal or lesser margin than Milan) enough to send Pioli’s side through.
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➤ This will be the fourth meeting between Milan and Liverpool, with all four coming in the Champions League. Both teams have won one game apiece in the previous three, while their draw came in the 2005 final which Liverpool went onto win on penalties.
➤ The previous three meetings between Milan and Liverpool have seen a total of 14 goals scored (including extra time), with both sides scoring seven each. The Reds won 3-2 in this season’s reverse fixture at Anfield back in September.
➤ Milan will be looking for their first victory against an English side in European competition since February 2012, when they won 4-0 against Arsenal in the Champions League Round of 16. The Rossoneri are winless in their last six clashes with English opposition, losing five of those games (D1).
➤ English teams have won five of their last six away games against Milan in European competition (L1), with Arsenal in February 2012 the only team to fail to win in this run. All six of these games have taken place in the Round of 16 between the Champions League and the Europa League.
➤ Milan have only won one of their last nine home games in the group stage of the Champions League (D5 L3), with that being a 2-0 victory over Celtic in September 2013. The Rossoneri are winless in their last four in the group stage in the competition on home soil, although three of those have ended level (L1).
➤ Liverpool have won all five of their games in the Champions League this season and could become the first English team to record a 100% record in the group stage of a single campaign in the competition (including second group stages). They will also be looking to win six consecutive games in the European Cup/Champions League for the first time in their history.
➤ Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored six goals in five Champions League appearances in 2021-22, with their 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid being the only game he has failed to score in this term. The Egyptian has only netted more in a single Champions League campaign once in his career (10 in 2017-18).
➤ No Milan player has been directly involved in more shots than Theo Hernández in the Champions League this season (9 – three shots, six chances created). The Frenchman has also made 50 progressive carries in the competition this term (moving the ball 5+ metres upfield), more than any other Milan player.
➤ Since the start of the 2018-19 season – his first at Liverpool – Alisson has kept 14 clean sheets in the Champions League, with only Manuel Neuer (16) managing more in this period. The Brazilian will be looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in his career.