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Liverpool vs Inter Champions League round of 16 preview: Where to watch, predicted line-ups, squad changes

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg between Liverpool and Inter.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk in training ahead of the Inter game
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk in training ahead of the Inter game AFP via Getty Images

Liverpool and Inter meet in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on Tuesday 8 March.

Liverpool vs Inter at a glance

When: Tuesday 8 March (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
What: UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
How it stands: Liverpool lead 2-0 after the first leg
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here

Where to watch Liverpool vs Inter on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

What happened in the first leg?

Highlights: Inter 0-2 Liverpool

A masterclass in how to win away from home in Europe or a fortunate victory which could so easily have been reversed? Liverpool rode their luck for long periods in Milan – not least when Hakan Çalhanoğlu struck the bar – but were always likely to carry a threat at some stage. Substitute Roberto Firmino duly delivered with a cute header before Mohamed Salah added a late second.

Starting line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Thiago Alcántara; Salah, Diogo Jota, Mané

Inter: Handanovič; Škriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Vidal, Brozović, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Perišić; Martínez, Alexis Sánchez

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

Form guide

Since first leg (all competitions, most recent first): WWDWW
Where they stand: 2nd in Premier League, FA Cup 6th round, League Cup winners

Since first leg: WDDL
Where they stand: 2nd in Serie A, Coppa Italia semi-finals

Expert predictions

Klopp reaction to Liverpool win

Joe Terry, Liverpool reporter
The first leg at the San Siro was a high-quality affair and Inter actually looked the better side for much of the game. Ultimately, Liverpool's substitutions and cutting edge proved the difference, perhaps courtesy of their greater experience at this level. It puts Jürgen Klopp's men in an enviable position of not having to force the issue. If the Reds can score early and keep Inter at arm's length, it might break the Italian side's spirit.

Vieri Capretta, Inter reporter
The reported word from the Inter changing room is that the Nerazzurri believe they can still win this tie. The performance in the first leg showed they can give Liverpool some trouble, and Friday's 5-0 win over Salernitana finally ended a four-match goal drought. The suspended Nicolò Barella will surely be missed, but Simone Inzaghi will be able to field his best XI and Inter will give it their all.

What the coaches say

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager: "Two-nil is the lead that has been turned over most often in football. If you are at half-time, two up and think you are already through, then you are already on the wrong path. The [first-leg] result was a lot better than I expected. A really tough tie and a difficult game to play."

Simone Inzaghi, Inter coach: "It will be a difficult game, but we are highly motivated. It is important and essential to score a goal in the first half. Inter haven't reached this stage of the competition for many years and we knew that we would be facing a top team, having finished second in the group. We did our best in the first leg and we'll do the same tomorrow."

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