Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan – The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat

Liverpool and Inter Milan gave fans an emotional match at Anfield.

Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan - The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat

Sanchez’s red card made Inter pay the price

Liverpool got lucky when Alexis Sanchez made a silly decision to tackle. Although the Chilean touched the ball first, his foot then collided with Fabinho.

It can be seen that Sanchez’s intention is not to hurt the opponent. However, the Inter side could not argue when referee Lahoz gave Sanchez a second yellow card.

Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan - The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat
Red card for Alexis Sanchez of Inter

Lautaro Martinez‘s 61st-minute goal had given the visitors a chance of overturning the deficit but Alexis Sanchez’s red card for a second bookable offense less than two minutes later blew a hole in their hopes.

Alexander-Arnold is still labeled “defensively incompetent”

Coach Klopp said earlier this week that Alexander-Arnold would not be able to play at Liverpool without knowing how to defend.

Liverpool conceded a goal against Inter, but Alexander-Arnold still performed well in both attack and defense. In the first half, the English player’s ability to choose the position neutralized many attacks of Inter.

Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold’s crosses are still extremely quality. He created 5 chances for his teammates to finish in the last match and was given the highest score by WhoScored in the match.

The competition between Alexander-Arnold and Reece James for the England right-back position in the 2022 World Cup is fierce.

But with this season’s form, it is difficult to eliminate the Liverpool star.

Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan - The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat

Liverpool controlled the game relatively well against Inter

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi had said pre-match his side had to score in the first half and they set about their challenge with determination with their 3-5-2 formation and high-intensity press giving their hosts plenty to think about.

Liverpool are not actually playing better than Inter. But in terms of good chances, they are completely superior. And a big reason behind Liverpool’s defeat is the ungodliness of main striker Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian striker had 2 situations where the ball hit the Inter post. Those are all delicious opportunities when Inter’s goal is wide open, but Salah’s view of this match is slightly off. In addition, Joel Matip also had a header that hit the crossbar at Inter in the first half.

The missed opportunities caused Liverpool to suffer their first defeat at Anfield in more than a year. But it can be seen that Liverpool played somewhat to keep their strength in today’s match and the most important thing is that they still aim to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan - The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat
The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat

Liverpool have completed conquering the Carabao Cup title. Currently, Klopp’s army has reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup.

Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan - The Reds enter Champions League quarters despite defeat
Meanwhile, the championship race with Man City in the Premier League promises to be fierce until the final rounds.

Liverpool did not perform at their best against Inter but the most important thing for them is the ticket to go on. The Kop have taken another step towards becoming the first English team to score a quadruple. Although the chances for Liverpool to do this are not high, few dare to bet that Liverpool can’t eat four in the season this year.

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