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With San Siro not being the same formidable ground it once was for English clubs, Liverpool did not need to be told twice to stamp their authority on the Nerazzurri’s turf and put themselves in the driving seat for a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals.
After a perfect group-stage record of six wins from six, Klopp’s side made it seven on the bounce as Firmino headed home from Andy Robertson‘s ball in the 75th minute before hotshot Salah wrapped up the scoring with seven minutes left to play.
Having already placed the EFL Cup in their trophy cabinet and successfully booked their tickets to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, the quadruple dream is certainly well and truly alive for the hopeful Anfield faithful, no matter how much Klopp wants to downplay it.
The VAR analysts were out in full force when West Ham United paid a visit to Anfield for Saturday’s Premier League game, with Sadio Mane just about managing to stay onside and tap home from Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s ball – whether it was a shot, cross or pass only the right-back knows – as Liverpool kept the pressure on leaders Manchester City, who remain six points clear after thrashing Manchester United in the derby.
Victory over the Hammers marked a 12th win on the bounce in all competitions for the ruthless Reds, who could become the first English team ever to win their opening eight games of a single Champions League campaign, and one would not put it past Klopp’s men to achieve that feat at a ground where they have not lost for over a year.
Liverpool do not have any players definitively ruled out of the second leg just yet, but Klopp has a trio of concerns in the forms of Thiago Alcantara, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip to contend with.
However, there is serious optimism over the availability of all three players, with each member of the trio taking part in full training ahead of the contest.
Ibrahima Konate could hold his place in an unchanged backline if Matip is not deemed ready to start, and with Diogo Jota now back to full fitness, Klopp may elect to shake up his front line to ease the burden on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz.
As for Inter Milan, Liverpool-linked midfielder Nicolo Barella is serving the second of a two-game European suspension this week, as Arturo Vidal or Roberto Gagliardini prepare to deputise for the Italy international.
Ivan Perisic was absent from the Salernitana win due to muscular overload, but Inzaghi is not exactly short of options on the left-hand side, with Matteo Darmian, Federico Dimarco and Robin Gosens battling for starts.
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Aside from the enforced change in the middle as Barella sits on the naughty step, Inzaghi will surely consider no other changes to the winning formula from Friday, as Joaquin Correa and Alexis Sanchez continue to provide attacking impetus from the bench.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Jota, Diaz
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Vidal, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Gosens; Dzeko, Martinez