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Inter boss admits “Liverpool are the favourites” – but is hopeful despite slip

Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is not concerned by his side’s dip in form heading into their Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool.

The defending Serie A champions have picked up just one point in their last two matches after a defeat to city rivals AC and last weekend’s draw at Napoli.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, by comparison, have lost just once since November and are on a six-match winning run.

“We knew it would be a busy period for us. I am very happy with the performances,” said Inzaghi.

“Against Milan we were excellent for the first 70 minutes, against Napoli we were excellent in the second half.

“I would have preferred more points but I am happy about the display.

“We played two very good games against two very good teams who will be fighting for the title until the end.

“The second half [against Napoli] we came back with a great spirit and determination to win the match and so the second half makes me confident for tomorrow’s game.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 24, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 5 game between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Inter are in the last 16 for the first time in 10 years and Inzaghi accepts his side are the underdogs in the tie.

“We are meeting a great team and we respect them but we are not starting already beaten,” he added.

“I believe Liverpool are the favourites but I believe matches have to be played.

“We know what I am going to ask the team: we will need to impose our style and I would like my players to play with a free mind, play our game and we know that determination will make a difference in this match.

“My lads have proved it from the start of the season. They are very determined to win.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 24, 2021: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara (#3) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 5 game between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Liverpool are a very strong side but we will give our all and show what we can do. We cannot make any mistakes.

“They have great players in every position, a great manager, a great squad. We have to be good on and off the ball.

“If we miss a pass, they can counter in any moment. When we have the ball they have Van Dijk and Alisson, who are great long passers, and the two full-backs have great feet.

“They can cause problems in every part of the pitch.”

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