Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

PSG coach Tuchel looking to follow Madrid's Champions League example

PSG coach Tuchel looking to follow Madrid's Champions League example

The boss also gave an update on Roberto Firmino's fitness after an eye injury.

Despite the gruesome images emerging after the match, Jurgen Klopp has been quick to play down the seriousness of Firmino's injury, but the German remains unsure whether he will be involved in the massive showdown with the Ligue 1 giants.

Klopp expressed how anxious he was after seeing the pictures of Jan Vertonghen's finger inserted into Firmino's eye socket. But all these worries are away so he will be fine.

'If he will be fine for tomorrow, I don't know in the moment.

Liverpool have build on the momentum of reaching last season's final and a summer of shrewd investment in the transfer market by winning all five of their opening Premier League games.

But he refused to label the Reds "favourites" for the clash with PSG, a side he considers to be purpose-built for success in the Champions League. Everybody knows about their quality.

"The players they have, the manager they have, they all brought it together to go as far as possible in the Champions League", he added. We are aware of that.

"They know how to win big games and to resist the pressure".

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Neymar is making the trip to Anfield for his most high-profile game since the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation in June, where he was ridiculed for some play acting.

Fellow forwards Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke are also doubts.

PSG arrive at Anfield ready to reunite the attacking triumvirate of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

The trio will be supplemented by Angel di Maria and coach Thomas Tuchel was asked at his media briefing whether the Argentinian might be used in a deeper midfield position.

"I don't think he is a person who wants to act because if you are like that you can not play the football he plays".

A year before that, at the same stage of the Europa League, Dortmund were 3-1 up at Anfield before losing 4-3.

Instead he chose to partly excuse Neymar's actions in the face of physical treatment from defenders - something Klopp says Liverpool will not be participating in on Tuesday.

"You can never have one minute where you think you have it under control", he said. "Another 30 hours before the game so we will see". But for us we just need to treat it as a normal game, a big game for us, which we've proved against big teams before that we can perform and that we can get the result we need.

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