The Rossoneri have to beat the Reds at home to keep alive their Champions League dreams
Serie a club AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli says his side will throw caution to the winds when they host Liverpool in a crucial matchday 6 clash later on Tuesday night.
Milan host the unbeaten and already qualified Liverpool at the San Siro with all to play for as they look to take one of five round of 16 tickets available in the final round of matches in the groupin stages.
After a poor start to the campaign that saw them lose their first three matches, Milan could become the next Italian club since Atalanta to book a knockout spot after losing their opening three matches if they can beat Liverpool later tonight.
With Liverpool already through as group winners, manager, Jurgen Klopp, has hinted that he will make changes to his team to keep his star players fresh and energy levels high.
This could spur Pioli and his men on, with the Milan boss, who believes his side can qualify, saying his team have just this one chance and will and will have to risk it all to preserve their Champions League status.
“I believe we can qualify because we want it, we have created this possibility,” Pioli said in his pre-match press conference.
“Liverpool have a lot of speed and quality in their attacking players, they are very good at playing forward.
We will have to be very careful and make good team choices. It will have to be a Milan night, we only have one chance and we have to risk it all tomorrow.”
In the reverse fixture back in September 15, goals from Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and a Fikayo Tomori own goal handed Liverpool a 3-2 win in a highly entertaining match at Anfield.
Milan were without their enigmatic star and top striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the trip to Anfield due to an Achilles tendon injury.
But the former Manchester United and Inter Milan man has since returned and was rested in the 2-0 win over Salernitana in the Serie A at the weekend ahead of the all-important clash on Tuesday.
The seven-time European Cup winners, Milan, have to defeat Liverpool and hope the other game in the group between Porto and Atletico ends in a draw to go through.
Both teams are meeting for the fourth time, with all previous meetings also coming in the UEFA Champions League. They have one win apiece and a draw in the previous three games between them.