Liverpool had to dig deep to make it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after a 0-1 loss (Agg: 2-1) to ten Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
Having come in the game with a healthy 2-0 lead, Liverpool looked relaxed from the onset and it was evident with manager Jurgen Klopp making four changes to the team.
Their crisp passing was a constant threat to Inter with their overlapping wing-backs frequently testing the visitor’s rearguard but Inter was happy to sit back and soak the pressure as they conjured a plan to exploit the hosts from the counters.
The attacks saw the Reds hit the post through Mohamed Salah with Mane being culpable of another missed chance but generally, Inter seemed to have had a plan and it worked magic for them in the second half.
Inter patience was to be paid in the 61st minute through Lautaro Martinez. Liverpool lost possession playing out from the back. Martinez was found, 25 yards out on the left. He took a touch and whistled a rising diagonal shot across Alisson and into the top right.
𝐈𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐦! ⚡
Lautaro Martinez produces a moment of magic with a stunning strike. Inter have a goal at Anfield. Game on!
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) March 8, 2022
Just as Inter were upping the tempo, they were to shoot themselves in the foot after Alexis Sanchez picked up a second yellow for a studs-up follow through on Fabinho, catching the Liverpool man on the ankle.
Despite having a man more on the pitch, the Reds still could not find a way through, and although Jürgen Klopp will be more than pleased to have reached the quarter-final stage, an air of disappointment will linger, with Liverpool failing in their attempt to become the first English side ever to win their opening eight UCL games.