Match Today: Liverpool vs AC Milan 16-12-2022 Dubai Super Cup 2022
Liverpool will cap off their time in Dubai with a friendly against AC Milan on Friday, with Darwin Nunez vying for an appearance after reuniting with his team mates earlier this week. After the defeat against Lyon last Sunday, the Reds know that there is no way for them to win the Dubai Super Cup, after Arsenal crowned the mini-championship on Tuesday. Having beaten Lyon and Milan in regular time and penalties, Arsenal have already picked up eight points, with both Liverpool and Milan now only finishing with a maximum four points.
Liverpool vs AC Milan
However, Friday's encounter will be another useful exercise for Jurgen Klopp's side, before they return to competitive action next week. Here, we take a look at two ways the Liverpool manager could choose to take on the Serie A champions. Klopp laid out what was virtually the strongest possible side from the start against Lyon, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him go the same way against AC Milan.
However, with Carvalho on the score sheet against Lyon, and Naby Keita back to fitness, there are other options for Klopp's side. Klopp used the vast majority of his squad last Sunday, but with less than a week to go until the Carabao Cup clash against Man City, no You'd be surprised if he chose to give his senior players more minutes against Milan, with fewer chances for youngsters. If available, Calvin Ramsey will hope for more game time, as well as Kostas Tsimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Alisson, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are all expected to be training again on Merseyside next week. A reunion with cult hero Divock Origi is sure to be on the cards seven months after his farewell after eight years at Anfield. The Belgian joined Milan in the summer and has made 14 appearances for the Serie A side, scoring once in that time - having only worked his way into the regular minutes before the World Cup break. Origi played 56 minutes against Arsenal on Tuesday and looks set for more against the Reds. - It's the kind of get-together we all love to see.
AC Milan vs Liverpool
The Reds initially named a 33-man squad for their training camp in Dubai, but have since seen Luis Diaz undergo surgery on a knee injury, while Curtis Jones appears to be struggling with a minor injury. Darwin Nunez returned to training on Monday, but who can we expect? Will he be available for Friday's game? Jones was still absent, while Calvin Ramsey wasn't pictured with the main group on Wednesday leaving him in questionable category for Friday.
Milan will miss this season's leading scorers Olivier Giroud (9) and Raphael Leao (7) due to their World Cup exploits, with the former still involved with France. Liverpool played Milan in a competitive match twice in 2021, but the last friendly match between the two clubs returned In 2016. The Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California hosted the two teams and it was the Reds who left with a 2-0 win to their name thanks to goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino. This was Klopp's first pre-season tour with the club and they maintain the record for wins against the Italians in friendlies, Liverpool won both matches in 2014 (2-0) and 2002 (2-1).