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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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