PREVIEW: PSG V Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp's side travel to the French capital on Wednesday evening as the Reds look to try and put destiny back in their own hands. Liverpool do not have to win this fixture to go through, they don't even have to draw but things would be a hell of a lot easier if the lads can pick up some sort of result in Paris.
The loss to Red Star out in Serbia was somewhat unexpected and has created a bit of an issue for Liverpool who would have been on nine points with two matches to go if they could have found victory. PSG is a hard place to go, the French fans know how to create an intimidating atmosphere and with players like Neymar and Mbappe they are always going to create a threat.
Injury news though indicates that the two aforementioned starlets will be subject to late fitness tests for this clash and to be honest I'll take any help we can get. Don't get me wrong, I still think the Reds are capable of getting three points in France but any weakened line up from PSG is surely a bonus.
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For Liverpool, Joe Gomez returns to the team and it also appears that Sadio Mane will travel after coming down with an illness earlier this week.
The last time the two sides met, in case you have forgotten, was in September this year. The group match was an enthralling affair at Anfield which ended with Roberto Firmino scoring a winner at the Kop end on 90 minutes.
Prior to this tie, the sides have met previously during two legs of the semi-final of the European Cup Winners Cup. The Reds failed to score on that trip to Paris, PSG won the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
Liverpool have never lost all three away group games in the European Cup but PSG are unbeaten in their last 20 home group games in the competition. It is bound to be a tight contest on Wednesday evening but I genuinely think the Reds can win. At their very best, Liverpool's attacking line up is as good as any in Europe at the moment and I don't doubt for one second that one of our front men will find the back of the net.
The issue for me lies with who is fit, if Mane misses out that will leave a big hole in my opinion. Similarly, if Neymar and Mbappe both make the cut, a quick start for the Parisians could leave Liverpool lagging.
I am thoroughly looking forward to a night in the pub in front of this one. Head back to The Liver Bird on Thursday for a match report of some kind.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!