Thursday 19 September 2019

Frustration in Paris means Reds need famous Anfield night

Paris Saint-Germain 2 Liverpool 1

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in action with Paris St Germain's Dani Alves. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in action with Paris St Germain's Dani Alves. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

Jason Burt

Liverpool will have to summon another famous European night and beat Napoli, and probably by two goals, to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

PSG could still mess it up, as they will have to avoid defeat at Red Star Belgrade, but Liverpool have work to do after, for the first time, losing all three of their away group games in the Champions League.

Having lost 1-0 in Naples, they need to match or better that score to progress at Anfield in December. Although the permutations remain complicated, it is still all to play for.

Last night, the pace, the intent was ferocious. PSG poured forward regularly and it was in-keeping with Liverpool's start that as Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez dithered, Juan Bernat pounced with a low shot to put PSG in front.

The noise levels steepled. Neymar was finding far too much space, and attempting to win far too many free-kicks. Liverpool were struggling to gain a foothold.

PSG then had a let-off. Marco Verratti, who had been the game's most impressive player, overstretched as the ball ran away from him. He caught Gomez high and was fortunate only to be cautioned leaving Jurgen Klopp flabbergasted and frustrated - but there was worse to follow.

Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe shoots at goal as Liverpool's Andrew Robertson attempts to block. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters
Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe shoots at goal as Liverpool's Andrew Robertson attempts to block. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

Neymar again initiated an attack which combined with Mbappe down the left for some devastating interplay. Alisson superbly blocked Cavani's point-blank shot, but the rebound fell to Neymar and suddenly Liverpool were 2-0 down.

Klopp's side needed something and on the cusp of half-time, they got it. Sadio Mane burst into the penalty area and was needlessly brought down by Angel Di Maria. After a bizarre delay in awarding it, James Milner stroked home the spot kick.

In the second half, PSG were playing on the counter-attack, but were beginning to look ragged. Liverpool threatened but couldn't gain enough traction to trouble Gianluigi Buffon as their irritation at the theatrics of the home side dominated the second period.

It was a frustrating night in Paris, they now need a famous one in Anfield. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Paris St Germain's Neymar scores their second goal. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters
Paris St Germain's Neymar scores their second goal. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) is tackled by Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson. Photo: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) is tackled by Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson. Photo: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

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