Liverpool will advance to the next round of the competition if they beat Paris Saint-Germain and Crvena Zvezda do not beat Napoli. PSG are eliminated if they lose and Napoli win.
Liverpool are the only team to beat PSG in any competition this season, winning the reverse fixture 3-2. PSG have only won one Champions League group match this season (W1, D2, L1).
It would be unfair to say PSG cannot beat Liverpool if neither Neymar nor Kylian Mbappe fail to recover in time but it would be a hammer blow for the French side not to have their two best players available.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to predict the outcome of Wednesday’s mouthwatering encounter. PSG need to win these games to prove they are elite in Europe and they would certainly fancy their chances more if Neymar and Mbappe play.
Paris Saint-Germain- Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are huge doubts for Wednesday’s must-win fixture against Liverpool, though PSG Thomas Tuchel has confirmed both will start. Latest Odds
Tuchel will reportedly do away with PSG’s back three against Liverpool and push Marquinhos into central midfield. Surprisingly, Thomas Meunier will be dropped for Thilo Kehrer at right-back.
Adrien Rabiot’s relationship with the club appears to be souring with each passing week and Angel Di Maria is tipped to replace him in central midfield against Liverpool.
Dani Alves made his first appearance of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Toulouse but a game of this intensity may come too soon for the veteran. Left-back Layvin Kurzawa is also back available for PSG but will not start for the home side, with Juan Bernat at left-back.
Liverpool- Joe Gomez missed Saturday’s 3-0 win away to Watford through injury but Jurgen Klopp is confident the England international will recover in time to start in Paris.
Xherdan Shaqiri has forced his way into the starting XI in recent weeks and Klopp has a big decision to make about his formation on Wednesday.
Including Shaqiri means dispensing with the need for an additional midfielder, which could be a risky tactic away to PSG in such a crucial group game.
Jordan Henderson was sent off at the weekend but his suspension does not carry over into Champions League matches.
Naby Keita, Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho are all competiting for three, potentially two, spots in midfield in midweek.
Adam Lallana is ruled out but will return to training on Thursday, while Dominic Solanke has a groin problem and Divock Origi is ill.
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