Liverpool vs PSG: Team news, predictions & likely lineup

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/09/2018

Liverpool begins their Group C opener of the 2018 -19 Champions League campaign at Anfield against Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

 

Jurgen Klopp men where finalist in the last tournament losing 3-1 to  Real Madrid in Kiev sees Los Blancos lifted the trophy for the third straight years. 

Liverpool are unbeaten in the Premier League after five games this season, but so are PSG - and Klopp's defence will be put to the test against the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe from the very first game in the group.

Team News 

Roberto Firmino may miss out for Liverpool after suffering an eye injury against Tottenham following a sickening clash with Jan Vertonghen in which the Spurs defender's finger accidentally lodged in the forward's eye socket.

Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana remain sidelined for the hosts, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a longer-term absentee.

While PSG welcome back Neymar and Mbappe to the starting line-up after being rested in the French champions' 4-0 win against St Etienne although Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Buffon are suspended on Tuesday clash as both was given red card against Real Madrid last season.

Head to Head

These two sides have only met on two previous occasions, both of which came in the 1996-97 Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals.

PSG took complete control of that tie with a 3-0 first-leg win at the Parc des Princes, but their only previous visit to Anfield saw them lose 2-0 - although they still progressed into the final on aggregate.

The French outfit have only won on one of their previous nine visits to England, while Liverpool have won 11 and lost just two of 14 home games against Ligue 1 opposition.

Recent Form

Liverpool have won all thier Premier League matches so far while PSG have the same 100 per cent record as well.

Managers Quotes 

Klopp told Liverpool website"Winning the first game is always an advantage, but we haven’t won it yet – we have to play it and it will be really difficult,” he said.

"PSG are one of the favourites for the competition that’s for sure. This team is built for winning the Champions League. It will be an interesting game for sure. With the players they have and the manager they have, they all brought it together to go as far as possible in the Champions League and we are aware of that.'

"Always with records, it is always pretty difficult to explain something because when I was at Dortmund I had a pretty strong side and he was at Mainz and did an outstanding job there, but it’s not really fair to bring that up when you talk about the record,” he said.

"He is an outstanding coach – an outstanding coach – and I really thought it was a smart decision from PSG to sign Thomas Tuchel. He is one of the best I know and that makes it a big challenge for us.”

Thomas Tuchel told PSG TV ahead of Liverpool clash "We have won by showing we have a thirst for victory.

"That's important because, at Anfield, I don't know if it'll be important to be good tactically or show the confidence we have in us. It's a big test, we're confident."

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Sturridge, Mane

PSG possible starting lineup: Areola; Meunier, Silva, Marquinhos, Bernat; Verratti, Diarra, Rabiot; Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar

Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 PSG
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