In the opening leg at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, six-time European Cup winners Liverpool secured a 2-0 victory. It means the hosts have scored in each of their seven Champions League contests this season. Across three Champions League contests at Anfield this season, Liverpool have picked up all nine points on offer with seven goals scored and just two conceded. The Reds are currently on a 28-match home unbeaten streak (22 wins and six draws) in all competitions. In their last six official competitive matches, Liverpool have won five and drawn once. They netted 14 times and conceded twice over that period, scoring first in four of the six contests. They had six first-half goals, while their opponents failed to find the net in the opening 45 minutes.
Inter Milan will be seeking to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie. Momentum is not on their side as the Italian giants are scoreless in their last 203 minutes in the competition. They haven’t been on the scoresheet since an Edin Dzeko goal in their group stage win against Shakhtar Donetsk. In matches away from home in the competition this season, Inter have one win, one draw, and one loss. The Italian side will be out to extend a five-match away unbeaten streak (one win and four draws). Inter have won one, drawn three and lost twice across their last six matches in all competitions. They’ve scored six and shipped in five in that stretch. Inter would break the deadlock once in those aforementioned games; scoring twice before the break, while their opponents netted three times in the opening 45 minutes.
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Liverpool vs Inter Milan: Match Stats
Liverpool have won each of their past three games against Inter Milan in the Champions League without conceding a single goal (2-0 and 1-0 in 200/-08 plus 2-0 in this season’s first leg), with all three of these games coming at the round of stage of this competition. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won all seven of their games in the UEFA Champions League this season – excluding qualifiers, they could become just the third team in the history of the European Cup/ Champions League to win their opening eight games in a single edition of the tournament (after Barcelona in 2002/03 and Bayern Munich in 2019/20). Mohamed Salah has scored eight goals in seven Champions League appearances for Liverpool this season, only netting more in a single campaign in 2017/18 (10). The Egyptian forward is averaging a goal every 69 minutes this term however, which is his best ratio in a single season in the competition.
This will be Inter Milan’s third trip to face Liverpool in European competition – they have lost both previous games, with both coming in the knockout stages of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (1-3 in the 1965 semi-finals and 0/2 in the 2008 round of 16). Only one team in Champions League history has ever lost the first leg of a knockout stage tie by two or more goals at home and still gone on to progress, with Manchester United doing so against PSG in the 2018/19 round of 16 (0-2 at home, 3-1 away). This is the only progression by a team in this first leg scenario in 41 previous instances in the competition’s history. Inter Milan marksman Edin Džeko has scored in three of his last four starts at Anfield across all competitions, including the most recent two. The Bosnian though hasn’t finished on the winning side in any of these three matches: drawing 2-2 in 2012 and losing 1-2 in 2015 with Manchester City and losing 2-5 with Roma in 2018.