liverpool vs inter Live Reddit Score 08/03/2022
Liverpool have only played Inter Milan twice before and both games arrived back in 2008 in the Champions League and ended in wins-to-nil for the Premier League side. Inter have lost one, drawn two and won just three of their last six outings in all competitions, while Liverpool are in the midst of a 6-game winning run across league and cup. The two previous meetings between these two sides produced under 2.5 goals and that is just how we expect Wednesday’s clash to finish. Under 2.5 goals have been produced in three of Inter Milan’s and three of Liverpool’s last six outings in all competitions, and we’re expecting a tight and tense 90-minutes between the pair in Italy.
The knockout stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League are underway, and on Wednesday night, fans will be treated to a mammoth clash as Premier League giants Liverpool travel to Italy to lock horns with Serie A champions Inter Milan. Liverpool cruised through the opening phase of the continental competition, winning each of their six games in a difficult Group B that had Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan. The Reds were made to work hard in a couple of matches, but showed great grit and determination to power through to the knockouts. Jurgen Klopp’s men go into the game on a six-game winning streak, most recently beating Burnley 1-0 in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp hinted that he might make a few changes to the side that started against Burnley. The German tactician could decide to hand Ibrahima Konate a start alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the defence. There is no looking past Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson as the full-backs, while Alisson, who starred against Burnley, will be the obvious pick in goal. Liverpool head to Italy in the Champions League this week looking to gain the upper hand over Inter Milan ahead of the pair’s 2nd-leg back on Merseyside in March. Inter Milan are the current Serie A champions and should prove hard to beat in their own backyard but Liverpool arrive full of confidence and with the better squad on paper.
Fabinho, who scored the only goal of the game at the weekend, is a certainty at the base of the midfield. It will be on him to break up attacks and recycle possession effectively. While Henderson has recovered, Klopp could opt to start with Thiago Alcantara in the starting XI against Inter Milan. Naby Keita should hold on to his place in the lineup, with Harvey Elliott being an option from the bench. Moving forward, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are pretty much guaranteed to feature from kickoff for the visiting side. January signing Luis Diaz could get some minutes from the bench again. Diogo Jota should replace the ineffective Roberto Firmino in the central role in attack.
Marcelo Brozovic will hold the fort in the middle of the park and look to dictate the tempo of the game for Inter when they are in possession. Hakan Calhanoglu will provide the creative presence from the centre, while the experienced Arturo Vidal could get the nod in Barella’s absence against the Reds. Edin Dzeko, who has had the rub of the green against Liverpool in his last few meetings, should line up in attack with Argentine hitman Lautaro Martinez set to partner him. Alexis Sanchez and Felipe Caicedo will be options from the bench.
For the first time in a decade, Inter Milan will be competing in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and while hopes are high of progressing to the latter stages of the competition, they will have a difficult task in overcoming one of the tournament favourites Liverpool over two legs. Inter Milan finished second in Group D behind Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Nerazzurri had a few nervy moments along the way, with minnows Sheriff Tiraspol threatening to upset the apple cart, but ultimately managed to sail through with three wins and a draw. Simone Inzaghi’s side have failed to win three of their last six games in all competitions (D2 L1) and were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli in their latest game.
Inter Milan will have to make do without the services of summer signing Joaquin Correa and January arrival Robin Gosens, who are out with injuries. In addition, key midfielder Nicolo Barella will miss out due to suspension. Simone Inzaghi is unlikely to tinker with his preferred 3-5-2 formation despite some of the results going against his side in recent games. Captain Samir Handanovic is the undisputed starter between the sticks while Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni form the three-man defensive unit. The trio will have their task cut out against a lively Liverpool front-three. If they get isolated in one-on-one situations with the Reds’ pacy attackers, it could spell trouble for the hosts.
Denzel Dumfries and Ivan Perisic ought to occupy the wing-back slots. While they are usually attack-minded, a more defensive approach could be required on Wednesday, considering that they will be up against the dual threat of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. Inter head into Wednesday’s contest after failing to win their last two Serie A matches, losing 2-1 to city rivals AC Milan and drawing 1-1 with Napoli last weekend. These results have seen Inzaghi’s men knocked off their perch at the summit by Milan, but they do have a game in hand.
The Nerazzurri will be keen to bounce back with a positive result in midweek, though grinding out results against English clubs in Europe has proven challenging over the years. Since the 2003-04 campaign, Inter have been eliminated from two of their previous three two-legged knockout ties against English opposition; all three of these have been in the last 16, suffering defeat against Liverpool in 2007-08 and Manchester United in 2008-09, before losing out to Chelsea in 2009-10.
Inter will face another tough challenge on Wednesday but their home form should provide them with confidence, as they have lost only three of their 30 competitive matches at San Siro across all competitions since the beginning of 2021. As mentioned earlier, Simone Inzaghi’s side finished second in Group D with 10 points from their six matches, five points behind group winners Real Madrid. The Nerazzurri won home and away against tournament debutants Sheriff Tiraspol and secured four points from their two encounters with Shakhtar Donetsk, but they were unable to claim any points or score against Los Blancos.
NAME: Liverpool – Inter
DATE: 8 Mar 2022
TIME: 20:00 UTC
VENUE: Anfield, Liverpool, England
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