‘Fall asleep’ – Paulo Di Canio claims Liverpool ahead of Champions League draw with Inter Milan

Liverpool’s elimination from the Champions League is a real possibility, provided Internazionale exploit the Reds’ flaw, insists Paulo Di Canio.

Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to Milan for the round of 16 first leg at the San Siro on Wednesday February 16, with high hopes of returning to Merseyside with a positive result.

But Di Canio, 53, who dazzled in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United but was never capped at full international level, believes there is a way to knock out the top-flight Reds.

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Speaking to Il Corriere dello Sport newspaper, he said: “They are a terrifying opponent, but Inter need to be fearless and maintain possession because Liverpool tend to ‘fall asleep’.

“It’s a shame for the suspension of Nicolò Barella, a Rottweiler that Inter would need.”

Italy international Barella has received a two-match ban after receiving a direct red card against Real Madrid in Inter’s last group stage game.

The Nerazzurri are the defending Serie A champions and currently sit atop the table, four points clear of Napoli and AC Milan, with one game less on both.



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The second leg takes place at Anfield on Wednesday March 8.

Inter have won three European Cups/Champions Leagues in their history, compared to six for Liverpool.

The Reds last faced Inter at the San Siro in the Champions League on March 11, 2008, when a single goal from Fernando Torres secured a 1-0 away win on the night and a 3- 0 for Rafa Benitez’s team.

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