Why Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic Not Playing in Liverpool vs AC Milan UCL Showdown?

Published 09/14/2021, 1:05 PM EDT


UEFA Champions League is back tonight with an array of exciting features. While all eyes will be on the Barcelona vs Bayern Munich tonight, the AC Milan Vs Liverpool game will headline the fixtures tomorrow. AC Milan are making their Champions League return after a long absence. Meanwhile, Liverpool have been a usual fixture in this competition. They even won the cup in 2019. The repeat of the iconic 2005 final in Istanbul promises to be a scintillating affair.

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Both the teams have been undefeated in their respective leagues so far. With both teams being very press reliant, the game is surely going to be energetic. However, Milan are heading into the match with a disadvantage due to an Achilles injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

MILAN, ITALY – JULY 15: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan reacts during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Parma Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on July 15, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Zlatan suffers an injury to his Achilles: Report

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The ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano recently broke the news of the Swedish striker’s injury. The 40-year-old has been injury prone of late. Despite his injuries, he still produces quality performances whenever he plays.

Zlatan returned from injury last week against Lazio and scored the winner. Due to his injury, his replacement will be French striker Olivier Giroud. Luckily for Milan, Giroud is well accustomed to Liverpool given his lengthy stay in the Premier League.

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“What a Player” – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp vary of Zlatan

While speaking in the press conference ahead of the UCL clash against AC Milan, Jurgen Klopp complimented Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his all-around abilities. The German said, “He has incredible technical abilities. He can score incredible volleys – heading. He always used the things which were left in his body in the perfect way. When you understand the game, you can play the game in different circumstances. He can pass the ball. He can use all situations in the game. That has impressed me most.” 

Klopp went on to appreciate Zlatan and suggested that Milan wouldn’t have to worry much as they also have Olivier Giroud in their ranks.“What a player (Zlatan). Wow. He’s a man for exceptional moments in the game. If he’s not playing, Giroud will play. All really good players.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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