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Liverpool Vs AC Milan Football Score Match 16 December 2022

Liverpool Vs AC Milan Football Score Match 16 December 2022

Liverpool meet Italian champions AC Milan in a friendly match in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Friday. The fixture will round off the Dubai Super Cup after Premier League leaders Arsenal won the tournament on Tuesday. Liverpool returned to action with a 3-1 defeat to Lyon on Sunday, with former Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette bagging a brace during the French side’s victory.

Fabio Carvalho had opened the scoring for the Reds within the first minute after applying a simple finish to a neat move, before Mohamed Salah squandered a golden opportunity to double his side’s lead from the penalty spot after Roberto Firmino had been fouled. A defensive mix-up between Andrew Robertson and Caoimhin Kelleher allowed Lacazette to pounce before the break, with Jurgen Klopp electing to make several changes for the second half as his side proceeded to fall to a defeat in normal time, before also missing out on a bonus point by losing a penalty shootout.

As such, Friday’s meeting with Milan will be a race to avoid finishing bottom of the Dubai Super Cup, although in truth the German will be more concerned about his side’s performance and energy levels than the result. Indeed, the 55-year-old has repeatedly referenced a desire to see his team press higher and win more second balls ahead of their return to competitive action against Manchester City in the EFL Cup next week. Milan, meanwhile, were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal on Tuesday, with Fikayo Tomori’s late goal ultimately not enough to mount a comeback after first-half strikes from Martin Odegaard and Reiss Nelson.

Like their forthcoming opponents, the Rossoneri also lost out in the proceeding penalty shootout, leaving both teams without a point to their name in the Dubai Super Cup ahead of their clash on Friday. The two European heavyweights have tremendous history in recent times, of course, having shared one Champions League triumph each against each other in the 2005 and 2007 finals, before Klopp’s side won both meetings in the group stage last season.

One man who will be hoping for a start against his former club is Divock Origi, whose goals against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur were crucial to helping Liverpool to their sixth European Cup title in the 2018-19 season. The Italians have a couple of more weeks to prepare for their return to competitive action, with another friendly against PSV Eindhoven forthcoming before they face Salernitana in Serie A in the New Year. Klopp named a strong starting XI against Lyon, and his options have been further boosted by the return of Darwin Nunez to the first-team fold.

The Uruguay forward endured a difficult World Cup after crashing out at the group stage without scoring a goal himself, but his importance to the Reds has grown following the news that Luis Diaz is set to be sidelined until March after suffering a setback to a knee issue. Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk are unlikely to be available having only recently been eliminated from the World Cup at the quarter-final stage, while Diogo Jota remains out with a calf injury.

Milan, meanwhile, could welcome Charles De Ketelaere back to the fold after he was eliminated at the group stage with Belgium in Qatar, having only featured for the Red Devils for 16 minutes across their three matches. However, Olivier Giroud and Theo Hernandez both remain firmly involved with France, while Rafael Leao will be rested after being dumped out at the quarter-final stage with Portugal. Simon Kjaer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessandro Florenzi, Davide Calabria and Mike Maignan are all sidelined through injury.

Liverpool play their final friendly before the resumption of the Premier League on Friday when they face AC Milan at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. The Reds finished their pre-World Cup campaign with four wins from four games in all competitions but suffered defeat in their last outing as they were beaten 3-1 following Alexandre Lacazette’s double. Milan have also been in action, beating Serie D Lombardy side Lumezzane before losing to Arsenal – both in normal time and in the additional penalty shootout.

With only two games left at the 2022 World Cup, Liverpool have been slowly welcoming their international stars back to Merseyside. France international Ibrahima Konate is the only Reds player remaining in Qatar. In their most recent friendly outing, Fabio Carvalho put Liverpool 1-0 ahead before Mohamed Salah missed from the penalty spot. Manager Jurgen Klopp brought on a number of youngsters during the second half as Lyon pulled away. Darwin Nunez is back from Uruguay duty and is training with the rest of the squad in Dubai, though first team stars like Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk may not be involved so soon.

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Ajmal Solangi is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and reviews. He likes tech news, mobile unboxing, reviews, gadgets, and more.

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