Inter will face Liverpool in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie of the Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday 17th February 2022.
Inter are currently at the second position in the league of Serie A with 54 points in 24 matches so far. AC Milan is just one point above them at the top of the table, but Inter Milan have one game in hand. In the group stage of the Champions League, they have been placed alongside Real Madrid.
Real Madrid has collected 15 points in their six matches while Inter Milan have been able to grab 10 points in the same number of matches. They have finished in the second position and that’s why they have been drawn with a strong side like Liverpool in the first round of the knockout stage of this competition.
On the other hand, Liverpool is also at the second position in the league table in the Premier League. However, Manchester City is the clear favourite to win the Premier League title this season. That’s why Jurgen Klopp’s men will certainly focus on winning the Champions League this season.
Liverpool has won all their group stage matches this season and they have finished at the top of the table. Now, they will be eyeing to get past Inter Milan to qualify for the next round. So, a cracker of a contest is waiting for us on Wednesday.
INT vs LIV Champions League 2021/2022
Date: 17th February 2022
Time: 1:30 AM IST
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
Inter: D W W L W D
Liverpool: W W W W W W
Inter shared points with Napoli in the previous match of Serie A. However, they have knocked out Roma from Coppa Italia recently. They are going through a mixed run of form at this point in time. Simone Inzaghi’s men will be eyeing getting a win against Liverpool in the home leg. Otherwise, it will be difficult for them to turn the tie in their favour at Anfield as the away goals rule has been abolished from this season in the Champions League.
Liverpool is currently going with a red hot form in all competitions this season. They have won all their last six matches and the Reds are certainly the favourites to win this tie. Liverpool has beaten Burnley in the previous match with a margin of 1-0. Fabinho scored the important goal for the Reds in that match. The attacking trio consisting of Mohammed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane will certainly test the defensive unit of Inter Milan throughout the 180 minutes of this tie.
INT vs LIV; Head-to-Head:
Inter have played against Liverpool six times in the history of the Champions League. Inter have come as the winner only once while Liverpool have won on three occasions. No match has ended with a draw between these two sides. Liverpool has 6 Champions League titles in their trophy cabinet while Inter has won the title three times.
Matches Played: 4
Inter Won: 1
Liverpool Won: 3
Matches Drawn: 0
Inter will miss the service of Correa and Robin Gosens in this match due to injury problems. Another important midfielder Nicolo Barella will miss this match because of the red card in the last group stage game against Real Madrid. Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez will start at the frontline for Real Madrid.
Alexis Sanchez will come from the bench to create an impact in the second half of the match. Inzaghi might opt to go with a defensive approach in this match considering Liverpool’s attacking threat. So, three men defence consisting of Skriniar, De Vrij and Bastoni holds the key for Inter Milan in the first leg of this tie.
Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane have come back after the completion of AFCON. According to Jurgen Klopp, Salah and Mane are very fresh and they are ready to play in this important match. They should be starting the game and could make an immediate impact for the Merseyside outfit.
Diogo Jota is a key player for the Reds in this match and was rested at the weekend. He could be crucial to Liverpool’s goals in this game, as they try to break down the Inter defence.
The new winter transfer window signing Luis Diaz might come into the game from the bench. He could also look to make an impact in this game. It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp utilizes his services though.
Inter possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Vidal, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Martinez, Dzeko.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane
INT vs LIV – Prediction:
Inter will have to play their best football to stop this Liverpool side from qualifying for the next round of this competition. The players need to show the right intent on the pitch for 180 minutes to get a positive result from this tie. The Reds have not lost a game in their last five and don’t seem to be the kind of team that will just end up throwing away a game.
Liverpool is the huge favourite to win this match, but it will certainly not be an easy ride for them at San Siro on Wednesday. Had this been a game at Anfield, the confidence would have been way higher. However, the team is professional enough to get the job done and the scoreline could show that.
Score Prediction- Inter 0-2 Liverpool