LIVERPOOL– Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is wary of the threat posed to Liverpool by Inter Milan ahead of the second leg of the Champions League last 16.
The Reds head into the second leg at Anfield with a 2-0 lead thanks to victory at the San Siro last month.
Klopp suggested a two-goal lead was rather dangerous.
After all, he claims it is the most reversed score in football.
But only once in Champions League history has a team lost the first leg of a knockout stage after winning the first leg by two or more goals difference at home and still progressing.
When Manchester United did it against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 three years ago.
That is the only example in the previous 41 sample scenarios.
Which means, despite Klopp’s concerns, Liverpool are in a very strong position.
Klopp is not risking complacency, reminding his team that Inter will not be on Merseyside as “tourists” going on a picnic to Anfield.
Asked what he felt was the main danger ahead of Tuesday’s second leg, Klopp told reporters.
“This is a danger that everyone knows: it is the most distorted advantage in the history of football in my opinion”.
“It’s a much better result than we expected if I’m honest. The game didn’t look like we were going to win it 2-0 for the most part. It’s a tough game and a very tough game”.
“Yes, against the bottom half of the table, but still very impressive. [Lautaro] Martinez scored a [hat-trick], [Edin] Dzeko scored, [Robin] Gosens is back”.
“I’m very happy [Nicolo] Barella didn’t play because he created three or four chances. It’s a very good and experienced team who don’t come here as tourists”.
“They want to chase the game and that’s what we want to do, we are not a team that defends the result.
Liverpool ‘s cause should be helped by the possible return of at least two important players, with Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip back in contention following brief absences through injury.
“Not sure what we make of that, to be honest, we’ll have to see how they react”.
“Thiago is only out for a week so should be fine but I have to wait. Joel is only three or four days so it’s fine”.
Maybe it makes sense to give him a few more days because we didn’t train fully today because it’s MD-1, and Bobby might need to be more intense. work.”
Despite Klopp’s concerns about the score, it bode well for Liverpool .
They have kept more home clean sheets in the competition since the start of 2017-18 than any other team (15 in 24) – which is 63 per cent, the best proportion of any club to have played at least 10 home games in the Champions League in that period.