Pep Lijnders has detailed how AC Milan have helped transform Liverpool into trophy contenders as Jurgen Klopp's side prepare to step out at the San Siro.

The Reds are in Italy on Tuesday night aiming to maintain their 100% Champions League record with their final Group B game against the Serie A side.

While Liverpool have already secured qualification to the knockout stage as group winners, Milan could still finish second ahead of Porto and Atletico Madrid.

The Rossoneri moved to the top of Serie A on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Salernitana as they aim to win the title for the first time in more than a decade.

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Their struggles in recent years were far removed from the glory days of the late 1980s and early 1990s under influential coach Arrigo Sacchi, who fashioned a team that won the European Cup in 1989 and 1990 and were also twice world champions.

And Liverpool assistant Lijnders has explained how the principles instilled by Sacchi have fashioned the approach of Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff.

"For me personally it's special (facing Milan), because of the Dutch influence in this club: (Frank) Rijkaard, (Marco) Van Basten and (Ruud) Gullit together in an organised team who inspired and innovated the world of football," said Lijnders.

"Secondly, it's special because this Liverpool team also has been inspired by the Milan of Arrigo Sacchi, for sure. Jurgen has said before that many of the foundations of his philosophy were based on the principles of the Milan coach.

"There are so many elements that touched us both. Firstly the emphasis on the offside trap, secondly the zonal defending and thirdly how he kept his teams tight with and without the ball but without taking freedom away from the individuals.

"Above all, Sacchi is an example with his principles of training. The way he created focus was unbelievable: clarity - repetition - correction. That's what appeals to me most.

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"I still watch his training video over and over, probably for the 300th time, because that's how he created organisation within his teams, with tactical discipline and the right distances between his players on the pitch, on the training pitch. Those are the basic principles for creating a team as consistent as we have.

"But for 90 minutes in Milan it's about winning the game. We only think about these things before and after the game."

Liverpool are expected to field a much-changed side on Tuesday, with the likes of Kostas Tsimikas, Ibrahima Konate, Neco Williams and teenage midfielder Tyler Morton among those vying for a start.

The Reds earned qualification to the last 16 with two games to spare and Lijnders points to wins at Porto and Atletico Madrid as evidence of notable improvement compared to recent seasons.

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"In this difficult group you should not waste time collecting points," he said. "We made a massive step forward to reach qualification early and needed some 'old school' LFC performances for this.

"We started really well, but in both the Champions League and in the Premier League it is a campaign where you have to be good throughout the whole season, throughout each phase. The quality of the opposition will not let you get away with a bad phase.

"Consistency and improvement is what will define the winners this year."

Speaking to the official Liverpool matchday programme, Lijnders added: "What's most pleasing for me is the step forward we made in our away games - going to two of the world's most difficult places and performing how we did is a compliment to our resilience.

"This early qualification reflects the hunger our group of players have. We have passion and ambition for this competition and we will try to deliver more European nights at Anfield this season.

"When you want to compete in this competition you have to deliver each single game until the end of the season."