Liverpool has made the perfect start – five wins from five – to the new premier league season. Based on this, and particularly their last game – an impressive performance against Tottenham – the Anfield outfit will be in high spirits ahead of PSG’s visit in their opening fixture of the 2018-2019 Champions league season.
As Thomas Tuchel will lead Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Paris Saint-Germain to Anfield in arguably Liverpool’s toughest test to date, it remains to be seen if manager Jurgen Klopp would want to make any changes to his current team. Liverpool won 4-0 on the opening day against West Ham then defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park, ground out a 1-0 at Anfield against Brighton, then won 2-1 against Leicester City in a tough fixture before a dominating 2-1 display against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
With a tough run of games coming up against the likes of Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City all before the end of the first week of October, Jurgen Klopp will have to be judicious and prudent in the usage of the talents available to him to ensure optimal results. Fortunately, the Reds boss now has the luxury of an excellent squad, and therefore the ability to tweak his side for each game, starting with the PSG game.
Where their defence has been a source of worry in recent seasons, Jurgen Klopp has worked successfully at strengthening his backline. Consequently, Liverpool have been solid defensively so far this season and the backbone provided by Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and goalkeeper Alisson Becker will not likely change except in the event of injury.
At Tottenham, Klopp chose not to start Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson instead opting to bring back Naby Keita into the fold. James Milner put in another tireless performance so he could drop out for Henderson against PSG, or new signing Fabinho – a player who knows PSG well having played against them several times at previous club Monaco. Gini Wijnaldum did very well against spurs Klopp has other options in Adam Lallana, should he decide to freshen things up.
Up front, Roberto Firmino who is a doubt for the game after suffering an abrasion to the eye, will be assessed up to the kick-off considering how crucial he is to how the Reds play. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah remain constant threats to opposition defences so it’s extremely unlikely that either of those men will be dropped or rested by Klopp. But if Firmino cannot make it, then it could be time for Xherdan Shaqiri to be given his chance.