Liverpool posted a sixth consecutive victory in all competitions on Sunday by triumphing 1-0 at Burnley. Fabinho prodded in from a corner close to half-time to move the Reds back within nine points of Premier League leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.
Napoli 1-1 Inter
Edin Džeko cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne’s early penalty as Italy’s top-of-the-table clash ended honours’ even on Saturday. The Nerazzurri were second best for much of the encounter, but a combination of resilience, Samir Handanović and the woodwork helped keep Napoli at bay after the spot kick, conceded by Stefan de Vrij.
Diogo Jota struck twice as Liverpool beat Leicester City 2-0 in the Premier League on 10 February. “He was unstoppable,” said team-mate Andy Robertson of the Portuguese forward who recorded his 12th league goal of the season. The Reds are now 15 games unbeaten at home, and second in the league – nine points off pacemakers Manchester City.
Simone Inzaghi, Inter coach: “We saw their matches [vs AC Milan] but we’ve also watched the most recent Liverpool games. They have great players in every position, a great manager, a great squad. If we miss a pass, they can counter at any moment. They have [Virgil] Van Dijk and Alisson who are great long-throwers. The two full-backs have great feet. They can cause problems on every part of the pitch.”
Simone Inzaghi, Inter coach: “I think Liverpool are the favourites, but matches have to be played. We need to impose our style. I want my players to play with a free mind; it could make a difference in this match. The lads are determined to win.”
Jürgen Klopp on Luis Díaz: [He] is a top boy and a top-class player. It’s the same as any new player: he needs a bit more time to adapt, but he is an incredible player. His joy and love for football is obvious. Can’t stop smiling in training. Never had a player like this, it’s crazy!”
Jürgen Klopp on team selection: “I can’t just pick the same team because we won the last game. That’s something we have to learn together. It’s pretty exciting.”
Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager: “[Inter are] a top-class team with a top-class manager. Probably the best team again in Italy this season. Very good organisation, very well drilled, creativity on the pitch and good individuals. We need to give a top-class performance to even have a chance.”
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