Record-breaking Neymar leaves Liverpool on the brink

Hope Soto
November 30, 2018

Liverpool lost to PSG on Wednesday night, Jurgen Klopp's side never really looked like winning in Paris despite the fact the Ligue 1 champions couldn't put the Premier League side away.

Mohamed Salah fired wide before Marco Verratti was perhaps fortunate only to be booked for a high tackle on Joe Gomez. Going into the game Klopp and his team knew a loss wouldn't knock them out, though a win could get rid of PSG from the competition.

"Obviously they're world-class players but I don't think it's needed in the game at times", said the defender, who rounded on Neymar following a theatrical collapse in the penalty area.

But Klopp was angry after defeat to PSG because of what he perceived as play-acting which the referee didn't spot and could be suspended, say the Metro.

"Everyone was ready to suffer for each other".

But despite an improved second-half performance Liverpool could not find an equaliser, leaving themselves with it all do in what is certain to be a highly charged occasion in a fortnight's time. "We'll be looking to do that, we know how big the game is and hopefully we can step up to the occasion".

Liverpool's unused players Dominic Solanke Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe

Angel Di Maria forced an early save from Alisson and the goalkeeper was soon in action again, Neymar firing straight at his fellow Brazil worldwide.

The strike from the PSG number 10 was his 31st in the Champions League proper - taking him one ahead of retired attacking midfield great Kaka and four clear of former Barcelona star Rivaldo. PSV got one back through Luuk de Jong.

Neymar's 14th goal of the season should have ensured a comfortable cushion for the hosts at the break, but Liverpool were gifted a route back into the game in first-half stoppage time.

The France star crossed low for Cavani, whose attempt was saved by Alisson, but Neymar converted the rebound.

For all his rolling-around antics Neymar can turn it on in a flash and, having collected the ball 25 yards inside his own half, he shook off compatriot Roberto Firmino and exchanged passes with Mbappe before releasing his pacy team-mate down the left. Polish referee Szymon Marciniak did not initially give a penalty but then changed his mind, and Milner beat Gianluigi Buffon from 12 yards.

"We were not anxious about playing at home".

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