First, Liverpool tied RB Salzburg in the Champions League round of 16. Then, they had to repeat the whole thing again, and the second time, Liverpool tied Serie A leaders Inter Milan.
On paper, a tie looks a little more difficult, but he will still see Jurgen Klopp as the Reds’ favourite. He’s also an opponent they haven’t faced in over a decade – and for Klopp, it’s a chance to visit the San Siro for the second time this season.
“I had to wait 54 years to play at the San Siro for the first time and now it’s going to be playing twice in three months, so that’s good news,” Klopp joked after the Champions League draw was re-drawn.
“Of course, it’s definitely a tough lottery,” he added. “They are the league leaders in Italy, a good team in a good moment. We will see how it goes until we meet in February. It is a proper Champions League match, so everything is good and I am very much looking forward to that.”
Liverpool’s last visit to the San Siro was only last week when they faced Milan there in their last group stage match. Their last trip to Italy was to face Inter in March 2008 in another round of 16 match. They won the match 1-0 and tied 3-0 on aggregate.
Before that, they faced Inter in the semi-finals of the 1965 European Cup, losing 4-3 on aggregate. They faced Salzburg, the team they drew with for the first time, in the group stage in 2019-20, winning both matches.
“I watched it live and thought, ‘You can’t let it stand like this, there’s no chance,'” Klopp added of the decision to replay the Round of 16 draw.