Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini says he will not be taking anything for granted when he takes his team to Anfield to face struggling liverpool in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter.
The Reds were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday with a shock home defeat to Barnsley to icnrease the pressure on manager Rafa Benitez ahead of the visit of Inter.
Mancini insists he will not be lulled into a state of complacency and is wary of the threat posed by last season’s losing finalists.
“I am not fooled by Liverpool’s form in the Premier League. Or in cup competitions, where they rest their top players,” Mancini told The Sun.
“I saw them held to a draw at home to Aston Villa and no, they were not at their best. But that is not the Liverpool I expect to see when we play at Anfield.
“I expect to see the Liverpool of old, the Liverpool that have contested two of the last three Champions League finals, the Liverpool that gave us the greatest final ever in Istanbul against Milan. After which, every Inter supporter went out a bought a Liverpool shirt.
“Everyone knows Liverpool, with their history and tradition, are a different team in the Champions League. European nights lift this famous club.
“It is in their blood. They respond – and their supporters respond with them.
“That is why we will have to produce an incredible performance at Anfield. We may have a fantastic record in Serie A but that doesn’t mean anything when you come to big European nights.
Mancini admitted that Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are Liverpool’s two most important players.
“Liverpool have great players, yet I still think the most important thing is the team,” added Mancini. “They have a very English centre but other players with European vision. In fact, an Italian vision.
“I don’t like to talk about individual players. It sends the wrong message to your own team. But I will admit this. Gerrard and Carragher are the most important players in the Liverpool team – more so even than Fernando Torres.
“They represent everything great about Liverpool. They are the soul of the team.”