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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
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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