Liverpool vs Inter - Champions League Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • Liverpool won the first leg 2-0 at the San Siro but Inter played well
  • The Italian champions are struggling for form in the Serie A title race
  • Liverpool should book their place in the quarter-finals without much trouble

Liverpool vs Inter Odds

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Match Result and Total Goals Odds
Liverpool and Over 2.5 +122
Liverpool and Under 2.5 +320
Inter and Over 2.5 +700
Inter and Under 2.5 +900

Liverpool vs Inter Pick

Back Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals in the Caesars sportsbook.

It is hard to see Inter getting back into this tie, but we could see more goals at Anfield than we did at the San Siro.

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Liverpool vs Inter Champions League

Liverpool vs Inter Champions League Predictions

Liverpool’s Two-goal Lead Puts Them on Course for Last Eight

Liverpool are in an excellent place right now. They ended February with a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the League Cup final and started March with a win against Norwich which sent them through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. They are back in the Premier League title race and are also on course to reach the last eight of the Champions League. That is courtesy of a 2-0 triumph at San Siro last month that was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the final 15 minutes of the first leg made the difference. The away goals rule has been scrapped for this season’s competition, but a 2-0 win on the road is still a fantastic result in the Champions League. It has taken some of the pressure off ahead of the return fixture at Anfield on Tuesday.

Liverpool had to work hard for their victory, though. Inter were the better team for large chunks of the match. Arturo Vidal dominated the midfield. Ivan Perisic’s forward thrusts from wing-back caused problems for Liverpool’s defense. The Reds struggled to string passes together in the final third. This was a classic smash and grab, with Inter left to rue their misfortune – and the absence of a clinical edge in and around the opposition penalty area.

The victory also came about because of Liverpool’s strength in depth. The Reds are now well stocked in virtually every position on the pitch. Firmino, who scored the crucial opening goal, began the match among the substitutes. Jurgen Klopp was also able to introduce Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz from the bench when the score was still 0-0. Competing in four different competitions, as Liverpool are doing this term, requires a strong squad. There is no doubt that Klopp has that at his disposal.

Inter Unfortunate in First Leg but Now Have Too Much To Do

Simone Inzaghi will not have given up hope that his side can turn the tie around, but even he would admit it is a long shot. Liverpool have not lost a home game in any competition since last March. They have not been defeated in a 90-minute match at Anfield when a crowd has been present since Chelsea won a League Cup tie there in September 2018. Liverpool’s team that night contained Alberto Moreno, Nathaniel Clyne and Simon Mignolet. Daniel Sturridge scored their only goal. In other words, it was a long time ago.

Realistically, then, Inter know their participation in the Champions League will probably be brought to an end this week. That is disappointing for the Nerazzurri, but they have bigger fish to fry right now.

When Inter beat Lazio on January 9, they extended their winning run in Serie A to eight matches. But in recent weeks their form has deserted them. Napoli and AC Milan are back in the title race. Inter now have a major fight on their hands to be crowned champions of Italy again.

That could influence how they approach this tie. Inter will give their all to win, and an early goal for the visitors would make Liverpool nervous. But if the Reds take the lead, we could see Inzaghi accept defeat and start looking ahead to this weekend’s trip to Bologna.

Second Leg Could Have More Goals Than the First Meeting

There are a few reasons why the second leg could feature more goals than the first. For starters, Inter will try to adopt a front-foot approach in the early stages. As we have already mentioned, the Nerazzurri will likely need to score in the first half to keep the tie alive.

But taking the game to Liverpool at Anfield is easier said than done. Roared on by the home crowd, Klopp’s side will also look to make a fast start. Liverpool are capable of blitzing opponents at their stadium and they could put the tie to bed by establishing a one- or two-goal lead on the night.

Even if that happens, the goals will not necessarily dry up. At that point, Inter would feel they have nothing to lose and they could push men forward as a consequence. Liverpool’s speed in transition means they would be happy to adopt a counter-attacking approach at any stage of the game. Overall the Reds should prove too strong for Inter, so back a home win and over 2.5 goals on Tuesday.

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How to Watch Liverpool vs Inter

Liverpool vs Inter Information
Teams Liverpool vs Inter
Location Anfield, Liverpool, England
Time Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 3.00 PM EST
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