18th September, 2018.
Liverpool F.C. play hosts to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. at Anfield in a European Champions League opener this evening in a game that is unarguably one of the major ties for this opening round of matches in the competition.
It will also be the first time that star forwards Mohamed Salah and Neymar will be clashing with each other.
Liverpool will be hoping to start from where they stopped last season in the competition when against all odds and expectations, they went all the way to the final of the competition before losing out to eventual winners, Real Madrid in some unfortunate manner.
The Reds are in a group that has been described as a “group of death” which also has Napoli and Red Star Belgrade competing for honours.
Liverpool is banging on the fitness of star striker Roberto Firmino who is battling with an eye injury sustained during the win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Aside from him, the team is also banging on Dejan Lovren who is still missing with an extended injury.
On the side of Paris Saint-Germain, the team will have to do without the services of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who is suspended for the tie against Liverpool.
It will be recalled that he was given a three-match European ban following his comments against Michael Oliver during Juve’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid last season.
The goalkeeper was shown the red card after his side conceded a contestable penalty in the dying minutes of the game, which Cristiano Ronaldo converted to send the Spanish side through to the semi-finals.
Aside from Buffon, the French team will also be missing the services of Edinson Cavani who is still recovering from a calf injury incurred during Uruguay’s last 16 clash with Portugal in the World Cup.
In preparation for this important match, PSG rested both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their victory over St Etienne.
Both Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain head into this Champions League clash sporting exactly the same domestic form, with the two sides having registered five wins from five fixtures in their respective leagues.
As far as the line-ups of both teams is concerned, we are expecting them to be in the following set-up shown below.
Potential Liverpool XI: Alisson; Clyne, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri; Salah, Mane.
Potential PSG XI: Areola; Silva, Keimpembe, Meunier, Bernat; Marquinhos, Di Maria, Rabiot; Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani.