Zlatan Ibrahimovic has poked fun at Liverpool’s injury crisis during an appearance at an Italian music festival.
The former Manchester United striker, now at AC Milan, was appearing at the opening night of the 80-year-old Sanremo Festival, which runs from March 2 to March 6.
Whilst appearing on stage, the 39-year-old could not resist a swipe at United’s fierce rivals over their defensive injury crisis this season.
Ibrahimovic spoke about holding his own festival one day, joking that he would need a stage as big as the San Siro pitch.
With 27 singers performing at the Sanremo Festival, Ibrahimovic said that four would have to be sold in order to make it an 11 vs 11 match on stage.
Regarding the potential destination of the four singers to be sold off, Ibrahimovic pointed to the fact Liverpool are in need of defenders this season.
“First of all, the Zlatan Festival will have 22 singers,” he said. “Eleven against eleven otherwise it is not regulated.
“I’ll sell four since there are 27 singers in the competition, there is Liverpool looking for defenders, otherwise I’ll put them in the garden and let them work.
“The second rule concerns the stage, that’s not good, it’s made for little people.
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“I need 105 by 68 meters like San Siro, otherwise the Festival is cancelled for me.”
Liverpool’s injury crisis has been well-documented this season, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all likely to be out for the season with long-term injuries.
Stand-in centre-backs Fabinho and Henderson have both missed substantial periods of the season too.