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How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Liverpool

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up for Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Liverpool.

Paris Saint-Germain begin their latest bid for Champions League glory with a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

The Ligue 1 champions have dominated the domestic landscape in France by lifting 14 major trophies in the last five seasons, but success on the continent has so far eluded them.

Thomas Tuchel is the man tasked with guiding PSG to the latter stages of UEFA's showpiece competition, with Unai Emery failing to get past the last-16 stage during his two years at the helm.

Ahead of Tuchel's opening European test against Liverpool, Sports Mole looks at how the German may set out his side.



Possible PSG XI vs. LIV
Out: Layvin Kurzawa, Dani Alves, Gianluigi Buffon, Marco Verratti

Tuchel rested Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at the weekend, but it mattered little as the Parisians maintained their perfect Ligue 1 start with a 4-0 home win over Saint-Etienne.

Julian Draxler and Angel di Maria profited from the rotation, though Mbappe and Neymar are certain to start at Anfield, with Edinson Cavani playing through the middle.

Verratti will not be part of PSG's squad due to a suspension that carries over from last season's loss to Real Madrid, however, and summer signing Buffon saw red against the same opposition, so Tuchel will have to think carefully about his formation.

One alternative is for Di Maria to join Mbappe and Neymar in a three-man attacking midfield, just off Cavani, if the visitors are willing to fight fire with fire, which would see Marquinhos fill in in defensive midfield - Tuchel's favoured position for the Brazilian.

In the absence of Buffon, meanwhile, highly-rated France international goalkeeper Alphonse Areola will continue his run in the side.

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

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Neymar in action during the Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint-Germain and Caen on August 12, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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