Internazionale v Liverpool preview

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Liverpool will be aiming to make it a clean sweep of English clubs in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League when they face Internazionale on Tuesday night.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are safely through to Friday's quarter-final draw and Liverpool will be hoping to join their Premier League rivals.

Liverpool go into the second-leg at the San Siro with a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield and they will be hopeful of finishing the job off in Milan.

Xabi Alonso has been ruled out of the game after the Spanish international decided to remain in Liverpool to be with his girlfriend who is due to give birth.

Javier Mascherano is set to play after recovering from a groin injury which forced him to miss last weekend's win over Newcastle.

Brazilian youngster Lucas Levia is set to partner Mascherano in midfield in the absence of Alonso.

Steve Finnan is still missing as he struggles with a hamstring problem meaning Jamie Carragher, who is set to make his 100th European appearance for the Reds could revert to right-back.

Inter team news
Inter have problems in defence ahead of the game with Ivan Cordoba and Walter Samuel long-term absentees.

Marco Materazzi is suspended following his sending off in the first-leg and Maxwell is set to miss out.

Romanian defender Cristian Chivu is set to play through the pain barrier after dislocating his shoulder last week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has recovered from a knee injury and he is expected to lead the attack alongside Julio Cruz.

A good omen for Inter is that the only time Liverpool have failed to go through after taking a two-goal first leg lead in Europe was against Inter in the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1965