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Two of the most high powered offenses in Europe clash at Anfield Tuesday night, with superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leading PSG to Liverpool for just the second time in the club’s history. With both teams taking home 15 points from their first five domestic matches, this fixture pits two teams who have flew out of the gates against each other in what should be one of the top games from Matchday 1.
The Reds enter the match fresh off of maintaining their perfect 5-0-0 Premier League record with a 2-1 away win against Tottenham on Saturday. Having scored 11 goals while only conceding two thus far, it appears that Klopp has finally found the perfect blend on both sides of the pitch. Liverpool went undefeated in the group stage of the Champions League last year en route to an amazing run that saw them crushingly fall short in the finals against Real Madrid. A 2-2 home draw with Sevilla was followed by 3-0 and 7-0 demolitions of inferior opponents at Anfield, which surely will not be the case on Tuesday. Over 2.5 goals has occurred in six of their past seven home CL matches, with the Reds slotting home at least two goals in all but one.
Unsurprisingly, has cruised to five consecutive wins to start off their Ligue 1 campaign, scoring at least three goals in all of their matches. Last year’s group stage saw PSG cruise through all of their matches easily, the only exception being a 3-1 away loss to Bayern Munich. Their high octane offense produced 25 goals in six games, although 21 of those came in absolute thrashings of Celtic and Anderlecht. PSG have not been able to pick up a win in their past four Champions League matches against English sides, with three draws and a loss in those games. They have also allowed a goal in 11/12 matches with Premier League sides, having to go all the way back to a 2004 match with Chelsea when they could keep the opposition off the score sheet.
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have much to think about tactically, as Liverpool’s recent display has to give him confidence in the squad that featured so far. Up front, the trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané have been an absolute nightmare for defenses this season. A midfield unit consisting of Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita have been kept control of the game through the middle. However, it is the Liverpool back four that have made all the difference in keeping the Reds at the top of the table. Andy Robertson and youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold will be on the wings trying to slow Mbappe and Neymar, respectively, while the solid centre pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez will look to keep Edinson Cavani from capitalising on any chances.
There’s never a question for manager Thomas Tuchel upfront, as Mbappe and Neymar will work the wings, while perennial threat Cavani rounds out the world class forward group. Speed and talent are aplenty in the midfield as well, as the combination of Angel Di Maria, Julien Draxler and Adrien Rabiot do their part in generating opportunities going forward. The Brazilian pairing of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos will occupy the central defense, while it is likely that Thomas Meunier and Juan Bernat will be responsible for the flanks.
Thomas Tuchel has tinkered with his lineup in nearly every match this season, so it is hard to predict exactly what his plan will be going into such an important match.
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The only wrinkle in Liverpool’s perfect season is an eye injury that Roberto Firmino picked up on Saturday afternoon. Any serious damage was ruled out when Firmino was released from the hospital the same day, however neither he nor Klopp knew his availability for Tuesday’s match, with the manager remarking, “If he will be fine for tomorrow, I don’t know in the moment.” If he cannot play then it appears that Daniel Sturridge, who has come on as a substitute four times this season, is likely to start in his place.
Things are more complicated for the French side, with several key players set to miss out on the clash. Marco Verratti finds himself suspended for the match after being sent-off in PSG’s last Champions League affair. Midfielder Lassana Diarra joins defenders Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa on the bench with injury, forcing Tuchel to make the most of the depth that PSG boasts. Neymar was rested on the weekend and Mbappe was out due to suspension, so both players should be well-rested on Tuesday evening.
Both teams come into this match with their offenses firing on all cylinders. However, the difference is that Liverpool has done it against the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham, while PSG has yet to face any resistance. The Reds come into the fixture with a shored-up back unit and former Roma standout keeper Alisson, which will surely make life difficult for PSG coming forward.
An in-form Liverpool playing with home support at a generous 5/4 offers remarkable value in a match that they come in fully prepared to win.
Published on: Sept 18, 2018 at 05:54
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