Liverpool sluggishly entered into a fourth Champions League quarter-final in five years despite a 1-0 defeat at Anfield to Inter Milan as the Reds progressed 2-1 on aggregate on Tuesday.
Inter Milan were unable to go further after losing the first leg 2-0 at home three weeks ago despite Lautaro Martinez’s sensational strike into the top corner just after the hour mark.
Liverpool’s Sanchez had been fortunate to escape a red card in the first half when standing on the calf of Thiago Alcantara, but his luck would run out here as, after a heavy touch, the former Arsenal and Manchester United forward followed through on Fabinho.
After a subdued first 45 minutes, Liverpool were fired up by Jurgen Klopp at the break and should have taken the lead on the night minutes after the restart when Mohamed Salah turned a loose ball inside the box onto the post.
Klopp’s men failed to score for only the fourth time this season and fell to only a third defeat in 44 games in all competitions.
But their quest for a historic quadruple of trophies remains intact as Inter’s 10-men could barely get a foot on the ball in the closing stages, let alone muster another goal to take the game to extra time.
Glory in defeat for the Serie A champions, while Liverpool can get ready for the last eight, knowing they will need to do a bit better than this when they get there.