Liverpool picked up where they left off after a tedious international break by recording a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime, and they will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they face PSG at Anfield this evening.
The return of the Champions League awaits and what a fixture for the Reds faithful to salivate over on Merseyside.
The French champions PSG travel to Liverpool with their own 100% domestic record to boast after 5 fixtures – a run which has enabled them to move 5 points clear of the chasing pack.
Jurgen Klopp has plenty of reason to be concerned about claiming a priceless victory with an array of superstar talents expected to grace the Anfield turf in Neymar, Kyllian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, but his own side’s start to the season is enough to suggest Liverpool will cause the visitors plenty of problems.
The great European ties are often decided by the smallest of margins as managerial decisions and minor mistakes regularly dominate the post-match narrative, which is why it’s vitally important Klopp gets his team selection spot on.
After starting Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita as a midfield trio against Tottenham Hotspur, there’s every chance that Klopp will be tempted to restore Jordan Henderson to the starting XI this evening.
If that does indeed prove to be the case then Klopp must ensure that either Milner or Wijnaldum make way for Liverpool’s captain as it’s absolutely imperative that Keita (valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt) is included from the outset.
The initial hype which surrounded Keita’s arrival last season has certainly been justified so far despite the fact he is yet to make a decisive impact in the final-third with a goal or an assist.
But the creative spark Keita has injected into Liverpool’s midfield is superior to that which any of Klopp’s alternative options can provide, and if he wants to break down a strong Paris Saint-Germain defence he will need the Guinea international to be at the top of his game.
Not only does Keita provide forward-thinking dynamism, he is also a live wire in the heart of the midfield who has the fitness level and defensive instinct to prevent Marco Verratti from pulling the strings.
Liverpool have an opportunity to lay down a gauntlet to their European rivals with a victory over Les Parisiens this evening and starting Keita in midfield will undoubtedly boost their chances of clinching a huge 3 points.
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