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‘One of the two finalists’ – Italian media react to Inter Milan v Liverpool Champions League draw

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Italian media have not reacted positively to Inter Milan being drawn to play Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

After initially being paired with FC Salzburg, Liverpool were eventually pitted against Simone Inzaghi’s side after a mistake meant the draw for the round of 16 had to be redone.

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But despite Inter being the defending Serie A champions and current leaders, sitting one point above city rivals AC Milan, it will be an extremely difficult draw given the form of Jurgen Klopp’s men this season.

Navigating an alleged ‘group of death’, the Reds finished top without dropping a single point, winning all their games against Atletico Madrid, Porto and the aforementioned Milan.

Italian journalist Riccardo Trevisani has bemoaned Inter’s luck of drawing Liverpool, having initially been chosen to face Ajax in the last 16.

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Ajax, too, won all six of their group matches, but speaking to Italian broadcaster Canale 20, Trevisani pointed out how Liverpool play both with the ball and without it and described the English giants as ‘one of the two finalists’ alongside Bayern Munich.

“Virgil van Dijk’s absence had been decisive for Liverpool,” said Trevisani. “Klopp makes the difference, in the first leg he beat Milan with a team of reserves, in the return they won with the reserves.”

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“They play suffocating, offensive football,” he said of the Reds’ style of play. “They attack well, they defend as well, Inter drew one of the two finalists for me, Liverpool and Bayern Munich were the worst teams to get.”

The Reds travelled to the San Siro in the group stage at the start of December, beating Milan 2-1 despite a host of youth and reserve players, highlighting Trevisani’s point of how good the team is under German coach Klopp.

Inter and Liverpool last met at the last-16 stage in the 2007-08 season.

The Reds won both legs, the first 2-0 and the second 1-0.

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