AC Milan president Berlusconi: I would start with Gilardino

He said: “If it were up to me, I would start with Gilardino as centre-forward and then bring on Inzaghi when the Liverpool defence is a little more tired.

“The President’s role is to motivate the team and give the mission statement to the Coach and players.

“I don’t think our results in my 21 years here have been all that bad. Ancelotti, Tassotti and Costacurta are great friends and this atmosphere will certainly help the work done at Milanello.”