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3 Milan players that Liverpool need to watch out for

Champions League football returns to Anfield on Wednesday night, with Liverpool facing off against AC Milan in a historic clash.

There is no shortage of history between the two European superpowers.

Who can forget the 2005 Champions League final, when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties in arguably the greatest game of all time?

And what about Carlo Ancelotti’s men getting their revenge in the same event two years later?

With seven European Cups for the Italian side and six for the Scousers, this is a game that the football romantics will love.

After both sides spent years in the doldrums, they are now back where they belong.

While Milan may not be the all-conquering side of old, they are on their way. They possess a fantastic squad that hope to be involved in the Serie A title race this season.

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We here at RTK have decided to have a look at three of their best players that Liverpool will have to watch very closely on Wednesday night.

Franck Kessie

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There is only one place to start, and that is with a player that has been heavily linked to Liverpool in the last few weeks.

Midfield dynamo Franck Kessie has less than a year left on his Milan contract. This has led Il Milanista to report that the Reds are very interested in signing him and could even make a move in January.

It is easy to see why Jurgen Klopp might be a fan. There are clear similarities between the Ivorian and the recently departed Gini Wijnaldum.

After a slow start to life at San Siro, Kessie is now a key cog in the centre of the park.

He rates highly for pass completion, dribbling and defensive actions, meaning that he is a real all-rounder.

The 24-year-old has also developed into a real leader. His energy and commitment sets a great example for his teammates.

We back a Liverpool midfield three to get a hold on Kessie on Wednesday. However, they will have to be at their very best.

Who knows, a good performance from him may convince the club’s transfer committee to make a move for him.

Theo Hernandez

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One of Rossoneri’s most lethal attacking weapons is actually a defender. In that regard, Theo Hernandez would fit right into the Liverpool team.

The 23-year-old has become one of the best left-backs on the planet since he left Real Madrid for Milan in 2019.

Six goals and three assists in Serie A in his first season were bettered last campaign, with Theo reaching an impressive seven goals and five assists.

He is one of the fastest fullbacks in Europe. He uses this to not only dribble the ball up the pitch but also to reach very high tackle and interception numbers.

The Frenchman will undoubtedly be trying to pin Trent Alexander-Arnold back during the game.

We expect to see a fantastic battle between two of the best in the world in their position.

If Hernandez wins that battle, then Milan will have a good chance of winning the game.

Rafael Leao

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You may have expected to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the final player in this article.

After all, the Swede is still going strong at almost 40-years-old, with 15 goals in 19 Serie A games last season.

Yet he is much more injury-prone now than ever before. He only made his first Serie A appearance of the season in the 2-0 win over Lazio on Sunday.

He even managed to bag a huge goal in his 30-minute cameo.

But we are not sure whether he will start this game. Ante Rebic grabbed two assists from the No 9 role at the weekend, while Olivier Giroud is also back after recovering from Covid.

So, we will look at the other goalscorer from that game, Rafael Leao.

The Portuguese forward has been tipped for stardom for some time now. However, he has not lived up to his potential in Milan since his 2019 move from Lille.

However, still just 22-years-old, Leao has started this season in much better form. He has scored twice in three league matches.

Stefano Pioli has discovered that he is much more useful out wide than he is as a No 9. His inverted runs are likely to cause the Reds issues if he plays on Wednesday.

The Liverpool back four has been excellent so far this season and will have to be on top form to deal with the Milan attack, no matter who they are up against.

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