Why is Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of clash against Liverpool? AC Milan star missing as old Champions League rivals meet at Anfield


Liverpool won’t need to worry about Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their Champions League opener against AC Milan tonight.

The 39-year-old returned to action last weekend after four months out with a knee injury, however, he hasn’t travelled to Merseyside due to an Achilles problem.

Ibrahimovic has played against Liverpool for Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester United

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Ibrahimovic has played against Liverpool for Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester United

The Swede is still going strong at 39

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The Swede is still going strong at 39

“Zlatan wanted to join the match (against Lazio) and of course after the match he had some inflammation,” said Milan coach Stefano Pioli.

“We hoped he could play but he still had pain so we don’t want to risk tomorrow as it’s a very important match and we have so many matches.

“We are very sorry for Zlatan because he always wants to play, but he will be back soon.”

The clash on Wednesday night will bring back memories of the two club’s classic Champions League final in 2005 where Liverpool incredibly came back from 3-0 down to beat a star-studded Milan side on penalties.

Against the odds, Liverpool became European champions in 2005

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Against the odds, Liverpool became European champions in 2005

Milan were 3-0 up at half time in Istanbul and Liverpool boss Klopp, who was in his first managerial gig at Mainz at the time, admitted he almost switched the match off before the Reds’ incredible comeback.

“At that time I was neither an AC Milan or Liverpool supporter watching the Champions League final and after 3-0, with all the things said before about Milan being the favourites, it looked like the game was decided,” said Klopp.

“I was thinking about not watching the second half because everyone in the world apart from the few people in the Liverpool dressing room thought this game might be decided.

Klopp is looking to guide Liverpool to a seventh European crown

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Klopp is looking to guide Liverpool to a seventh European crown

“And then it became one of the biggest football sensations ever and I was really happy that I didn’t switch the telly off and I watched the whole game.”

Also in Liverpool’s group are Portuguese outfit FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, who knocked Klopp’s men out of the competition in the 2019/20 season.

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