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How Liverpool could line up against Paris Saint-Germain

Sports Mole predicts Liverpool's starting XI for Tuesday evening's mouthwatering Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

One of the standout fixtures of this season's Champions League group phase takes place at Anfield on Tuesday evening as Liverpool play host to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Reds marched all the way to the final in 2017-18, only to fall to a cruel 3-1 loss at the hands of perennial winners Real Madrid in the Kiev final.

Four months on from that setback, Jurgen Klopp has to navigate his side through a tough group that contains French champions PSG, Serie A runners-up Napoli and Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the Merseyside outfit may set up for their opening Group C clash.



Possible LIV XI vs. PSG
Out: Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Doubtful: Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke, Roberto Firmino

Liverpool's biggest concern ahead of this tricky opening assignment is the fitness of forward Firmino, who left the field early against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend because of a nasty eye injury.

Speaking on the eve of the PSG showdown, Klopp was unable to confirm whether Firmino will be cleared in time to feature, but he will give the Brazilian every possibility.

Fringe players Origi and Solanke are both carrying knocks, meaning that Daniel Sturridge is the obvious candidate to replace Firmino in the forward line if worse comes to worst, alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Skipper Jordan Henderson is also in line for a return after being benched for the 2-1 win over Spurs, with Klopp hinting before the match that the England international would be needed against PSG.

Changes are otherwise expected to be kept to a minimum, with summer signing Fabinho being made to bide his time on the substitutes' bench.

> Click here to see how PSG could line up for this fixture

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Roberto Firmino in action for Liverpool on September 1, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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