Henderson expects Inter Milan to do everything possible to overcome the deficit
Liverpool have a clear advantage heading into the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 fixture against Inter Milan, with the Reds holding a 2-0 lead after the first leg and hosting the Italians at Anfield for the second leg .
It’s a situation which means Inter would need to win by two goals to force extra time and three to earn the tie, and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said a key factor for the Reds will be their ability to avoid complacency.
“We may be 2-0 up after the first leg, but it’s still only half time and Inter will feel very level,” he noted. “Inter pushed us every step of the way. [last] Game. They were aggressive, played on the front foot.
“The win was particularly nice because of that, but that shouldn’t hide the fact that it was a real contest and we expect more of the same tonight. So our challenge is simple: we have to make sure that our standards do not slip.
A positive result tonight would secure a quarter-final place for Liverpool, who after winning the League Cup for the ninth time remain in contention in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League this season.
Elsewhere, Man City and Chelsea look safe bets to advance while the other five fixtures in the round – Juventus v Villarreal, Ajax v Benfica, Man United v Alteico Madrid, Real Madrid v PSG and Bayern v Salzburg – look more balanced.
“We have to remember how tough the first game was and expect an even tougher game,” added Henderson. “They will give everything to change things. Their club’s history and reputation demands nothing more.