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Liverpool vs Inter Milan LIVE: Champions League team news and line-ups as Jones and Thiago start
Liverpool host Inter Milan for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie tonight. The Reds travelled to the San Siro three weeks ago, meeting a resolute Inter side who held their own for most of the game and even looked likely to nick a win before Liverpool struck. They left it late, opening the scoring through Roberto Firmino’s 75th minute header before Mo Salah added a second inside the final 10 minutes to leave Inter boss, Simone Inzaghi, bemused as to how his team had lost by two goals.
“Teams like Liverpool have something more,” he mused before kick-off, “They always give you the idea that you’re in it, that you can score a goal. Instead, they punish you.”
How right he was. It was shaping up for an Inter triumph, they put on persistent pressure, won duels in midfield and counter attacked brilliantly. Firmino’s opener was the first shot on goal from either side but that won’t make the first leg scoreline feel any less agonising for Inzaghi’s men who head to Anfield needing to make up a two-goal deficit.
It will be tough. Anfield is a notoriously difficult place to come and win, especially on European nights, and Jurgen Klopp’s team head into the game in exceptional form having already picked up silverware in between these two meetings.
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Liverpool vs Inter Milan Inter are in the Champions League knockout rounds for the 11th time but the first time in 10 years having finished runners-up to Real Madrid in Group D, while Liverpool became the first English club to win all six group games as they ended Group B 11 points clear. This is one of two ties in the 2021/22 Champions League round of 16, along with Benfica-Ajax, to bring together two former European Cup winners, although this is only these sides’ sixth competitive fixture.
Liverpool vs Inter Milan Inter Milan coach, Simone Inzaghi believes it is crucial that his team make early inroads into Liverpool’s two-goal lead if they have any chance of making into the next round. Speaking before the game he said: It will be a difficult game, but we are highly motivated. It is important and essential to score a goal in the first half. “Inter haven’t reached this stage of the competition for many years and we knew that we would be facing a top team, having finished second in the group. We did our best in the first leg and we’ll do the same tomorrow.”
Liverpool vs Inter Milan: The first leg The Reds travelled to the San Siro three weeks ago and met a resolute Inter Milan who held their own for most of the game and even looked likely to nick a win before Liverpool struck. They left it late, opening the scoring through Roberto Firmino’s 75th minute header before Mo Salah added a second inside the final 10 minutes to leave Inter chasing a two-goal deficit at Anfield this evening. “They don’t come here as tourists,” said Jurgen Klopp, “I know that they want to chase the game – that’s what we want to do because we are not a team who defends results.”