Champions League provides ideal stage for Salah to silence naysayers

Klopp was full of praise for his side. GOAL

This is a very different Liverpool team.

Daniel Sturridge has been the regular back-up during the Premier League campaign, but will Klopp want a more fluid forward line to take on PSG? "So if they don't score one day, I have no problem with that". With a relatively friendly fixture list coming up following Tottenham's Champions League date with Inter Milann in midweek, perhaps this is a good time for Pochettino to give his star striker a breather.

He nearly literally covered every blade of grass (he ran 12.9km) on the Wembley pitch and one could make a case for him being the best midfielder in the league so far this season.

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

Having nine Tottenham players among the four World Cup semi-finalists, a group that does not include key players Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min, underlines just how potent their squad should be.

Klopp was able to call on club captain Jordan Henderson and England striker Daniel Sturridge from a bench that also included nearly £60m worth of summer signings in Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, plus Alberto Moreno and Joel Matip.

It seems the safest option, although it's unknown whether Shaqiri will be ready for the intensity of Champions League football just yet.

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Roberto Firmino after his nasty-looking eye injury he picked up against Spurs on Saturday, however, Klopp remains optimistic.

"That is how we scored the second goal". Firmino has scored 29 goals in 59 games, Mane 24 in 49 and Salah a remarkable 46 goals in 57 games.

Without wanting to second guess Mark Hughes' tactics too much, a comprehensive home win would go some way to altering the view that Liverpool can be blunted by a well-organised, deep-lying defence, anything less would only strengthen it.

"I can't prepare a team to face Paris Saint-Germain without showing them the strengths of Paris", Klopp said. It's slightly disappointing we conceded when we could have been out of sight really, but you never sniff at any win in the Premier League. They saw the games we played.

"Klopp has the squad for it and this is the year that, if you're Klopp, you've got to win a trophy".

Despite the continued goalscoring heroics of their attackers, Liverpool have been widely praised for their defensive organisation and solidity so far this season on their way to five wins from five top-flight matches.

The pair join the previously sidelined pair of Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana, who remain out for the huge Anfield showdown, as Liverpool look for a fast start to their challenge.



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