LIVERPOOL ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION, AS PSG CLOSE IN ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUTS

PARIS – Paris Saint-Germain took a big step towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday after Neymar helped sink Liverpool in a blistering 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes.

Neymar struck the winner in the 37th minute after Juan Bernat’s early opener to put qualification for the last 16 in their hands.

Which means that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side need to beat Napoli 1-0 or more, in two week’s time to guarantee a place in the knockout stage.

“It was our last chance to show that we are capable of competing with a team like Liverpool, a team with an incredible mentality,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

“Everyone was ready to suffer for each other. That was necessary against Liverpool and it was a big step forward for us.”

Klopp’s was not at all happy by the defeat, with the German coach being left frustrated by the refereeing that he claimed made his side look like “butchers” while only booking Marco Verratti for a high first-half tackle on Joe Gomez.

“For me it’s a red card,” he said. “I look like a bad loser, but I don’t care. I had a very good view of it and for sure it was not the same colour as the 500 other yellow cards.”

Photo credit- New Straits Times

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