Champions League: Liverpool Struggle To Reach Knockout Stage With Defeat To PSG
Liverpool face a nervy battle to reach the Champions League knockout stage after a damaging 2-1 defeat against an impressive Paris St-Germain.
The Premier League side were outplayed for large periods of the game in Paris and James Milner‘s penalty on the stroke of half-time was their only shot on target in a lacklustre showing.
By that point, they had already fallen two goals behind as Juan Bernat squeezed home the opener after Virgil van Dijk‘s poor clearance, before Neymar started and finished a swift team counter-attack to double the advantage.
Liverpool upped the tempo in the second half. The mobile Sadio Mane was getting considerably more involved and PSG started to give the ball away carelessly.
But as the pressure rose at a tense Parc des Princes, Liverpool failed to capitalize.
PSG could have had a more comfortable scoreline in the second half but Marquinhos had a goal disallowed for offside, and the defensive midfielder also had a header kept out by Brazilian compatriot Alisson.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side, who were beaten finalists last season, are third in Group C and need to beat first-placed Napoli by two goals at Anfield next month to have a chance of progressing, with the Serie A side defeating Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in the other game.