Preview - Liverpool vs PSG 19 September 18

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Champions' League Group C
Liverpool vs. PSG
Wednesday, September 19th  , 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: W W W W W
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.21
17/18 Average goals against per match: 1.00
17/18 Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (32)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.84
17/18 Average goals against per match: 0.76
17/18 Top Scorer: Edinson Cavani (28)

Probably the pick of the Match Day 1 fixtures in the Champions League comes at Anfield, as last season's beaten finalists Liverpool play host to French giants, PSG.

Touted in many quarters as potential Premier League winners this season, Liverpool have lived up that billing in the early reckoning, winning all five of their games to date.

In PSG though they are meeting another side playing at close to the top of their game. Five from five in Ligue 1, PSG have scored three or more goals in each of their games so far this season.

Another Ligue 1 win is taken as something of a formality though. Success in the Champions League is what the owners crave above all else and will be the measure by which new coach Thomas Tuchel is judged this season.

In terms of mouth-watering attacking clashes it just doesn't get much better than Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino vs Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Edinson Cavani. We would be surprised should this one finish goalless.

Liverpool have looked rock solid defensively this season, with Virgil van Dijk in particular impressing. This will be by far and away their toughest test to date though.

This could really go either way, but with home advantage we will take Liverpool to just come out on top in a thriller.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 2 PSG


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  13 - 7
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 13 - 1
Possession: 54% - 46%

Just the one booking apiece at Anfield. Referee Cuneyt Cakir taking the names of Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and PSG's Thomas Meunier.

This always looked like being a cracker, and certainly didn't disappoint. The win was dramatic in the way that it came but there's no doubt that Liverpool deserved this, having edged the possession stats and been ahead on the shot count.

Liverpool were on the front foot early and had already been causing problems with crosses into the area prior to taking the lead on the half hour mark. Daniel Sturridge couldn't quite rise high enough to meet an initial cross played in from the right, but when Andrew Robertson swung it back in from the left Sturridge - recalled in place of Roberto Firmino - was on hand to power in a header from six yards.

In the 36th minute Liverpool were awarded a penalty. Georginio Wijnaldum felled in the area when latching onto a loose ball. No mistake from James Milner who found the bottom right corner with power.

PSG got one back before the break though. A ball in from the right being acrobatically missed by Edinson Cavani before deflecting into the path of Thomas Meunier towards the back post around ten yards from goal. Smart volleyed finish from Meunier into the bottom right. 2-1 at the break.

Liverpool had the ball in the net at the start of the second half only for Salah's effort to be chalked off for a foul on the keeper. Sturridge then should have done better with another header whilst Sadio Mané did well to create an opportunity for himself before blasting across the face of goal.

Then in the 83rd minute PSG were level. Neymar racing into the area and tackled by van Dijk, the ball falling straight to Kylian Mbappé around the penalty spot though and the youngster sweeping home.

Still time for late drama though. On as a substitute Firmino bamboozled three defenders in the right corner of the eighteen yard box before rifling a fine strike into the bottom let corner in the 91st minute. Pandemonium at Anfield. 3-2 final score.

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