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‘Overconfident’ Liverpool continue despite defeat to Inter

Mohamed Salah admitted Liverpool may have suffered from complacency as they snuck into a fourth Champions League quarter-final in five years on Tuesday, despite a rare 1-0 loss at Anfield to Inter Milan.

The Italian champions were unable to climb the mountain they had to climb after losing 2-0 at home three weeks ago, despite Lautaro Martinez’ sensational attack into the top corner just after the hour.

Alexis Sanchez’s red card shortly afterwards broke any momentum from Inter and Liverpool comfortably held their ground with the extra man, despite hitting just a third defeat in 44 games in all competitions this season.

The Reds were on a 12-game winning run to keep their hopes of a historically quadrupled trophies alive.

After winning the League Cup last month, Jurgen Klopp’s men are now in the last eight of both the Champions League and FA Cup and have a game in hand to take Manchester City’s six-point lead. to narrow the top of the Premier League.

And Salah hopes they can learn from a rare bad night in front of goal as they failed to score for the fourth time this season.

“We lost the game and maybe that will give us a boost,” said the Egyptian, who hit the post twice in the second half with glorious opportunities.

“Maybe we were too confident in the back of our minds. It’s a good game for us to learn from.”

Inter had to concede two late goals in Milan three weeks ago after enjoying the better of the game for much of the first leg.

“We are at this stage for the first time in 10 years. We played against the strongest team in Europe at this time and were their equals,” said Inter boss Simone Inzaghi.

“Sometimes it only takes one episode to change the course of a game.”

The Italian champions again controlled the first half, but Liverpool had the better chances as Joel Matip crashed a header off the crossbar before Virgil Van Dijk’s attempt was deflected from the resulting corner.

After a subdued first 45 minutes, Liverpool came under fire from Klopp at halftime and should have taken the lead on the night after the restart when Salah turned a loose ball into the penalty area on the post.

On the other hand, Martinez appeared to have lost the chance to level Inter again when he dragged a shot wide of the edge.

But the Argentinian made up for it spectacularly when he fired an attempt from outside the box into the top corner in 62 minutes.

Inter’s joy lasted barely a minute before they were reduced to 10 men by Sanchez’s ill-discipline.

The Chilean was lucky enough to escape with only a yellow card for a dangerous outing on Thiago Alcantara just before half-time and dove stupidly on Fabinho to earn a second yellow.

Salah hit the post again 15 minutes from time and just an incredible block from Arturo Vidal denied Luis Diaz in stoppage time as Liverpool failed to count their numerical lead.

“I think about the two legs it’s totally fine that they won one, we won one and we’re through,” said Klopp. “We could have done better against an opponent who really makes life uncomfortable.”

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