Liverpool welcome Italian giants Inter Milan for the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to continue their rich vein of form.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were enough for The Reds to complete a professional two-nil victory in the San Siro.
The team in red are coming off the back of a 12-game winning streak including the victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, conceding just five goals in that period.
On the other hand, Inter are coming into this game on a patch of questionable form, winning just one of their last six games in all competitions.
I Nerazzuri will again be without crucial midfielder, Nico Barella, who picked up a red card in their final group stage loss versus Real Madrid back in early December.
Liverpool could be back with a full-strength squad with Thiago and Roberto Firmino targeting a return ahead of the fixture.
And with Luis Diaz impressing since his January move, Jurgen Klopp may have a decision on his hands with Diogo Jota now fully fit and ready to be selected.
Craig Houlden, co-founder of popular Liverpool fan channel Anfield Agenda (@AnfieldAgenda) is confident the Reds will win.
He said: “I think what will happen is they will come and have a go for the first half hour, we’ll get a goal and I think we’ll beat them 3-1 on the night.
“I’d be far more worried if we were playing a Bayern Munich or Manchester City.”
The man behind the channel with more than 130,000 subscribers was positive before a ball had even been kicked.
Houlden added: “When the draw was made, I was lambasted a little bit because I said I think we’ll beat inter Milan home and away.
“I watch Inter quite a bit and they are a very good, technically proficient team with very good footballers, but they don’t have the flair to damage us.
“In my opinion it’s very robotic, it’s very repetitive in the patterns that they play.”
However, Houlden did praise Inter’s talented players.
“Alexis Sanchez has gone there and done well.
“Lautaro Martinez is a great player. Edin Dzeko – every time I write that man off he comes back scoring, so they’ll have something about them.”
Martinez and Dzeko are the main men to look out for with the former completing a hat-trick and the latter grabbing a brace in their recent five-nil victory over Salernitana.
Inter have recorded just one victory over Liverpool in their history.
And it is hard to see anything other than Liverpool progressing to the next stage.
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