Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Neymar inspires PSG to vital UCL win over Liverpool

Neymar inspires PSG to vital UCL win over Liverpool

The Netherlands defender believes the difficulty of their group facing Paris St Germain, to whom they lost 2-1 in France on Wednesday, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade has nearly been forgotten in the clamour to highlight their European woes on the road.

A tally of six points from five fixtures has left them needing to beat Napoli at Anfield on December 11, either 1-0 or by two goals, to be certain of reaching the knockout phase.

Juan Bernat and Neymar scored to put PSG in control in the first half in the French capital, but a James Milner penalty on the stroke of half-time ensured this pivotal game remained in the balance until the death.

Klopp also felt one of the game's most influential players, Marco Verratti, deserved a red card for a challenge on Gomez.

Starting XI: Alisson (8*); Gomez (5), Lovren (5), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (7); Milner (6), Henderson (5), Wijnaldum (5); Salah (5), Firmino (6), Mane (7).

Meanwhile, following the defeat to PSG, Liverpool coach Klopp criticised PSG's gamesmanship during the match.

'There was a clear red card exactly in front of me from [Marco] Verratti.

'I'm not concerned, we've played pretty well this season. "But I saw the penalty".

"But as players, we should be able to bounce back either way but it is a nice game, they are always great games to play in derbies".

"He didn't even whistle a foul".

Jurgen Klopp was not happy with Neymar's histrionics Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remonstrates with referee Szymon Marciniak in Paris last night.

"When the game starts like that, it's quite hard to gain confidence always", he said. But it was an important game and everybody tries to do it like that.

"We already do, I think, but at times (in Paris) it wasn't good enough and we need to be ready for that test".

"The little hurdle was then the 500,000 interruptions in the second half".

"I think two or three times we have been the fairest team (disciplinary record) in England, but tonight we looked like butchers".

"That made the boys, in a negative way, aggressive, which doesn't help to play football".

"If the referee lets that happen you have to deal with that as a team".

"We suffered a lot of fouls. The last campaign we were stronger through the group stage but we had to win in the last game and managed it, so it's the same this time".

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