On Tuesday September 18th Liverpool will host PSG at Anfield to kick off the Champions League season. Both teams are full of world class talent. Both teams have extremely high expectations. It should be a tight affair stockpiled with entertainment. Read here to see how Liverpool will fare with France’s powerhouse club.
The Battle of the Front Three
PSG are a top heavy team. One of the world’s best attacks featuring Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani. Last season those three men combined for an incredible 100 goals. Liverpool’s fullbacks Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold will be busy all day. PSG and Liverpool both have historically inconsistent defenses and it would be wise to expect many goals. As for Liverpool’s attack…it is arguably the best in the world. LFC fans know what to expect from Salah and Mane. Both have been on fire this season with their build up, however finishing has to be clinical. LFC rely on these to generate most of the scoring so it’s imperative that they don’t slip up. One concern for this fixture would be the presence of Bobby Firmino. While it’s still uncertain how bad his eye injury is he is known for his ability to make Mo, Sadio, and the rest of the lads tick. His movement and footballing IQ are invaluable. Last year Firmino had 19 assists in all competitions and if he can’t go it’ll be a huge hit. Nonetheless Salah and Mane will be lively and active on the counter attack this evening.
While the team sheet hasn’t been released yet it’ll be interesting to see how Klopp approaches the match. Fabinho, Sturridge, and Shaqiri will be the ones to look at. As for Fabinho, fans are speculating over whether he may make his first LFC competitive start as he is used to PSG playing against them the past 5 seasons. Klopp has shown a lot of patience with him making sure he fully adapts to the team before he’s thrown in action. Personally I fully agree with Klopp as last season it took Ox and Robbo a few months to get fully accustomed within the team. Klopp’s signings have been historically on point so fans must have faith that when Fabinho is ready, he’ll be a game changer. With Firmino’s game status up in the air we could be seeing either Sturridge or Shaqiri. If Klopp wants to keep the formation the same he could place Studge up top or he could place Mo in the No. 9 spot and slot in Shaqiri on the right. Either way the team will have to make up for the genius of Firmino.
Final Score: Liverpool 3-2 PSG: Neither team will have a clean sheet with the amount of firepower each side has. The lack of class midfielders will lead to plenty of counter attacks and other chances. Anfield nights like these are massive and the atmosphere will prove vital. COME ON YOU REDS!