Tactical Analysis: Liverpool v PSG

The Champions League for 2018-19 gets underway this evening, with the most attractive fixture of Gameweek 1 coming at Anfield as Liverpool take on Paris Saint-Germain. Globall Coach will take a look at the tactical approach of both sides to preview the match.

 Powered by Globall Coach, here are the predicted line-ups

Powered by Globall Coach, here are the predicted line-ups

Liverpool will line-up in the regular 4-3-3 formation with a high offensive press with a high work rate from the midfield and attacking trios. Roberto Firmino could miss out with an eye injury sustained at the weekend against Tottenham, meaning a potential opportunity for Daniel Sturridge to make a rare start. We looked at LFC in detail in an earlier blog (please read here).

New PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has led his side to five wins from five Ligue 1 matches in charge at the start of this season. They have scored 17 goals in the process, demonstrating the attacking ability at Tuchel’s disposal.

They will likely line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Defensively, Marquinhos is likely to start in a defensive midfield role, but he is more naturally a defender so could drop in to make a back three, particularly when PSG have the ball in attack to try to annul the threat of Liverpool’s pace in counter attack.

With Cavani leading the line, Neymar, Di Maria and Mbappe will likely play quite narrow with the width being provided by the full backs getting forward. Di Maria is the more natural wide man in that trio, so he could drift into those areas.

It is a game with two teams who possess fantastic attacking ability within their ranks. It might be a case of who defends against that threat the best which decides the outcome of this fixture.

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Paul Harper