- BT Sport 2
- Liverpool have won their last three meetings with Inter to nil
- The Nerazzurri have lost four of their last five trips to England
- Liverpool have kept 15 clean sheets in 24 home games in this competition
- Mo Salah is averaging a goal every 69 minutes in the Champions League
While Liverpool’s pursuit of silverware continues in three competitions, they arguably look best suited to European glory. This has been a perfect season in Europe for Jurgen Klopp’s side, putting them on the verge of a record.
The Reds have won all seven of their games in the Champions League this season. 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. Only Barcelona in 2002-03 and Bayern Munich in 2019-20 have previously completed that feat.
With Liverpool in stellar form and heading into this clash as heavy favourites, it’s little surprise that I’m backing them for an eighth straight victory.
Inter’s English woe
Inter Milan have lost four of their previous five away games against English sides in the Champions League. Their only victory in that run came under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in the year that the Nerazzurri lifted the trophy. It’s fair to say this side aren’t at that level.
Liverpool have won each of their three games against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League without conceding a single goal, which includes their 2-0 success in Milan in the first leg. That was their third win over Milanese opposition this term, having beaten AC home and away in the group stage.
Resolute Reds tough to break down
While the focus with Liverpool is on their impressive attacking options, they’re a cut above defensively. Klopp has built a team which Europe’s elite struggle to break down.
Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Reds have kept more clean sheets in Champions League home games than any other team, recording 15 in 24 games. Meanwhile, no side who have played more than 10 home matches in the competition this period can better Liverpool’s clean sheet percentage of 63%.
Given Liverpool’s clean sheet streak against Inter and their excellent defensive record, I’m backing the Reds to win to nil this week, having kept three clean sheets in four.
The Reds have the talents of Mohamed Salah to fire them to a win at the other end. He has scored eight goals in seven Champions League appearances this term, making it his second-best season in the competition. The Egyptian is averaging a goal every 69 minutes in Europe, so back him to fire Liverpool to a 2-0 win.
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