Former AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino has suggested Mo Salah is the Liverpool player he “fears the most” ahead of the Champions League group stage.
The group stages will start next week. On Wednesday, AC Milan travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in their first Group B game. Atletico Madrid host Porto in the other group game.
Liverpool hopes Salah can make an impact in his Champions League opener of the 2021/22 season.
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Salah has been one of the club’s star players since his £ 43million transfer from Rome in 2017. He has scored 127 goals in his 206 outings for the Reds.
Gilardino won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2006/07. He told the Gazzetta dello Sport (quoted by Inside the Futbol) that Salah is the Liverpool player his former club should ‘fear the most’:
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“He [AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli] trained me in Bologna, he is prepared in the field and in management.
“Today, he is even more experienced, at Liverpool he will know how to try to reduce the intensity of the opponents, to stop their ferocity.
“We will have to suffer, but they will also know how to put them in difficulty: Milan will play a great game.
“What I fear most is Salah, my teammate in Florence: supersonic speed, divides the matches in two.
“And I like [Jurgen] Klopp, he’s practical, straightforward.
Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has suggested that players and clubs are the only ones punished by FIFA’s decision to ban Brazilian internationals for five days:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen this weekend, to be honest. Right now we have to see what other people decide and then we’ll probably accept it again, do what people tell us and try to win a soccer game.
“But the whole situation is really like the whole world in a nutshell – ‘Ah, in football they have these problems too.’ Yes, we have these problems, and now we will see who finds the solution.
“But in the end, the only [people] who are punished are the players and the clubs – and we have nothing to do with the whole organization around. It’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ “