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Klopp says Inter Milan will not come to Liverpool as ‘tourists’



Jurgen Klopp said Inter Milan would not come to Liverpool as tourists this week, even though they are trailing 2-0 after the first leg of their Champions League match of the last 16.

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Liverpool are in a good position to qualify for the quarter-finals ahead of Tuesday’s return at Anfield, after Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored in Italy last month.

But Klopp doesn’t take anything for granted as his side look to stay on track for an unprecedented quadrupling in prizes after beating Chelsea on penalties to win the League Cup last week.

“The danger that everyone knows – it’s 2-0,” Klopp said during his pre-match press conference on Monday. “I think it’s the lead that has been reversed the most in football history.

“If you are leading 2-0 at halftime and you have a team that thinks we are halfway through, then you are already on the wrong track.

“It’s a much better result than I expected before we played there. The game usually didn’t look like we were going to win 2-0. It was a very difficult draw and a very difficult game to play.”

Klopp said Inter, second in Serie A, had real quality, as evidenced by their 5-0 win over bottom side Salernitana last week.

“It’s a very good, very experienced team and they don’t come here as tourists,” said the German.

“I know they want to chase the game and that’s what we want to do because we’re not a team defending results or trying to get through somehow. We want to attack the game again.”

Klopp said Firmino, Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip had returned to full training following injuries and illness.

The trio will be judged ahead of the Inter match, but Klopp said he may not be endangered as Firmino was out longer – he has not played since the Inter match.

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