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Liverpool a step up for PSG, says Verratti

16 September 2018

The reigning league champion will be without the suspended Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar is also being rested, with a Champions League clash vs.

"I know 10", Tuchel said to Canal+ Sport when asked about his selection plans for the trip to Anfield.

However, there is little doubt that PSG will face a far tougher examination at Anfield in their opening Champions League group outing than they did here against Saint-Etienne.

Speaking at a post-match press conference, Tuchel explained the Brazilian's absence.

Julian Draxler, Cavani, Angel Di Maria and teenage forward Moussa Diary were all on the score-sheet as PSG secured a fifth successive Ligue 1 game in which they have scored at least three goals.

Without his two star players, Tuchel gave Julian Draxler a start, a move that paid off as the German worldwide put the hosts in front with a header in the 22nd minute after a long pass by Marco Verrati.

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And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will put out his strongest side for today's Premier League game against title rivals Tottenham at Wembley (12.30pm).

PSG made a slow start at the Parc des Princes but, after Draxler's clever header got them up and running, the champions eased to victory. We can play with a bit more of a risk factor, perhaps.

"I'm pleased also that we've played without having our heads turned by the game on Tuesday", added PSG's German coach.

"There was something to be done, of course".

The Saint-Etienne players were wearing shirts carrying the name of William Gomis, a former youth player at the club who was shot dead in the south of France earlier this week. It was done to perfection. "This is our first defeat of the season, we will work to prepare the next matches, try to take points".

Liverpool a step up for PSG, says Verratti