AC Milan took three of three wins ahead of their Champions League game in Liverpool. Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Lucas Leiva at the San Siro.
After finishing second in last year’s Serie A, Milan started the new season in perfect shape with victories over Sampdoria (1-0) and Cagliari (4-1) before the international break.
Stefano Pioli’s team was back in action on Sunday night when they hosted a Lazio team that included ex-Liverpool trio Lucas, Pepe Reina and Luis Alberto.
The hosts appeared in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Ante Rebic leading the attack in the absence of Olivier Giroud, who is currently out due to COVID-19.
Rebic played a pivotal role in Milan’s win as he represented in the front and scored both goals in the 2-0 win when Rafael Leao and Ibrahimovic scored.
Milan could have been happy about a bigger result if Franck Kessie had converted his penalty.
A dominant performance was rewarded when Leao scored the pre-break goal and then Ibrahimovic, who appeared for the first time since his knee injury in May, came off the bench to secure the three points.
The full-time whistle brought ugly scenes as the players and staff clashed and Maurizio Sarri received a red card while Ibrahimovic fought with Lucas.
What’s going on here !?
It never gets boring with Ibra …? pic.twitter.com/tPyGipi23k
– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2021
The Zlatan cult is of course fueled by these incidents, and hopefully reporting ahead of the Champions League kick-off on Wednesday can prevent the 39-year-old from being over-centered.
Ibrahimovic is unlikely to start at Anfield, as Giroud has now tested negative for COVID-19 and is expected to compete with Rebic for a spot.
Milan have few other fitness issues to consider ahead of Wednesday night, which is a stark contrast to their Group B opponents after Harvey Elliott suffered a long-term ankle injury against Leeds.
Roberto Firmino will also miss the Milan game alongside Takumi Minamino, with Klopp likely to keep most of his starting XI after Sunday’s 3-0 win at Elland Road.
With three out of three Serie A wins, Milan will arrive on Merseyside with confidence, with Fikayo Tomori, Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz being key players in an exciting squad.
AC Milan XI vs. Lazio: Mainan; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Tonali; Florenzi, Diaz, Leao; Rebic