Liverpool are 2-0 up ahead of the second leg with Inter in tonight’s Champions League Round of 16, and Jurgen Klopp is by no means confident of progressing after seeing Simone Inzaghi’s side suffer against Salernitana on Friday.
Inter won the last match 5-0. Yes, it was against a team at the bottom of the table, but it was still a very impressive performance. Martinez scored, Dzeko scored, and Goosins returned. We watched the game, and we’re very happy that Barilla is not playing against us, because he was the engineer behind three or four goals, I think,” Klopp said during his press conference on Monday.
Nicolo Parilla was suspended for the first game against Liverpool, after his red red card against Real Madrid in the last group stage match, and is still to be seen when he visits Inter at Anfield tonight.
It is likely that Arturo Vidal will replace him in the midfield, as in the first match of Giuseppe Meazza.
Inter have a very experienced team, and they don’t come here as tourists. I know they will look for progress. We will do the same, because we are not a team behind and defending, and we try to move forward like that. We want to attack again. Let’s see what we get out of it, Klopp said on Monday.
The cliched idea that a 2-0 lead was dangerous was at least absorbed by Klopp, something the German had in mind prior to this match.
It’s a danger everyone knows. We’re 2-0 up, and I think that’s the progress that has been reflected most of the time in the history of football. We are in the middle of the road and we are 2-0 up, then the danger is that the team thinks they won 2-0, but we are only halfway. If the team starts to think like this, we’re on the wrong track. We’ve been in this tournament long enough to find out.
2-0 is a much better starting point than I expected up front. It doesn’t look like we’re going to win the Italy game 2-0 in most of the settlement. It was a very difficult match. We already knew that Inter are a good team, and after the match we tested that as well. Now they come here after winning their previous game 5-0.
Liverpool – Inter will play on Tuesday at 21.00 and appear on TV 2 Sport 1.
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