PSG make light of Mbappe, Neymar absence in Parc stroll

Second season slump Mohamed Salah is struggling to match his fantastic form for Liverpool last season

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They also have Champions League experience and reached last season's final.

PSG players celebrate their 4-0 win after their French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Brazil superstar Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe watched from the stands as PSG provided ideal preparation for the Champions League opener at Anfield, but the result somewhat flattered the hosts after a shaky first 45 minutes. From the moment we we went behind, it was necessary to change the system, which left one-on-one situations with players like (Adrien) Rabiot, (Marco) Verratti, (Angel) Di Maria and (Edinson) Cavani.

Mbappe served the first of his three-match ban while Neymar was rested by coach Thomas Tuchel after playing with Brazil in a friendly game against El Salvador midweek in the United States. I asked Neymar at 10 GMT on Friday how he was, and his reply was 'I do not know.' When he told me that, it was an alarm in my head.

"We played with seriousness and intensity".

PSG are the Reds' first opponents in Group C of the Champions League, with the two heavyweights meeting at Anfield on Tuesday night for one of the most high-profile clashes of the tournament.

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"I am very happy to be back on the pitch", said Verratti.

Julian Draxler (L) of Paris Saint-Germain vies with Kevin Monnet-Paquet of Saint-Etienne during their match of French Ligue 1 2018-2019 season 5th round in Paris, France on September 14, 2018. Julian managed to score a great goal, because my pass was not that great - it was really impressive.

"They are a team who play very well at home".

"We knew PSG were stronger than us but four goals are expensive".

In a way, the game will be a contest between either side's forward lines as Salah, Firmino and Mané look to overcome Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe.

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Just as importantly for the home team, key midfielder Dele Alli is also expected to miss the match against the Reds, after picking up a hamstring injury with England.

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