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Milan predicted lineup vs Liverpool - Champions League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Milan will be full of confidence after beating Lazio last time out
Milan will be full of confidence after beating Lazio last time out / Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Getty Images

It has been a long time coming but Milan are finally back in the Champions League, and they kick off their European campaign with a tough trip to Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Rossoneri have only met Liverpool twice before. Unbelievably, both of their previous encounters have been Champions League finals, spaced just two years apart in 2005 and 2007.

The historical record is tied at one apiece and Milan will be eager to continue their fine start to the season by besting the Reds in their own back yard. Here is the starting XI Stefano Pioli will most likely select to get the job done.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Fikayo Tomori
Tomori is a mainstay in the Milan team / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

Mike Maignan (GK) - Taking on Gianluigi Donnarumma's gloves was never going to be easy but Maignan has fared pretty well so far. He has not had much luck in the Champions League previously and will be hoping that changes this season.

Davide Calabria (RB) - The ever reliable Italian is in for a tough evening but he has got through similar tests unscathed in the recent past.

Simon Kjaer (CB) - Alessio Romagnoli may have started Milan's last game but Simon Kjaer, now fully rested after his international exploits, should return for the Liverpool match.

Fikayo Tomori (CB) - Tomori continues to impress in Serie A. Keep up this form and an England call up is inevitable. You don't see Conor Coady playing in the Champions League do you?

Theo Hernandez (LB) - Hernandez continues to step out of his brother's shadow with a string of fine performances for Milan. Combining physicality and technique, he could be in for a big season.

2. Midfielders

Franck Kessie
Kessie is so important to Milan / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

Sandro Tonali (CM) - Is he the heir to Andrea Pirlo's legacy in Italian football? Tonali certain has a lot of similarities but he will have work cut out against Liverpool's relentless midfield.

Franck Kessie (CM) - There is plenty of uncertainty over his future but as long as he remains a Milan player, Kessie is one of the first names on the team sheet.

Brahim Diaz (AM) - Diaz is known for his clever work on the ball but he will need to show good discipline out of possession against the Reds. If he isn't up to the task he could be hooked off.

3. Forwards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic was Milan's top scorer last season / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

Alessandro Florenzi (RW) - Florenzi has made a solid start to life in Milan since joining on loan from PSG. His defensive discipline will be important as his side's seeks to keep Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson at bay.

Ante Rebic (ST) - Rebic has plenty of experience and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out and Olivier Giroud still building his fitness, he should get the nod.

Rafael Leao (LW) - The Brazilian scored Milan's opener against Lazio last time out and with Ibrahimovic sidelined, he will have another chance to impress Pioli at Anfield.