Photos: Liverpool in training ahead of return to Champions League vs. PSG

17 September 2018

Jurgen Klopp led the Liverpool players through a training session in front of the cameras on Monday night, as the Reds prepare to face Paris Saint-Germain.


The Champions League is back and the Reds will hope to carry their domestic form into Europe, as they host the French champions at Anfield on Tuesday.

Klopp’s side have a 100 per cent record for the new season—but so too do PSG, now under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, who succeeded Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp hasn’t heavily rotated his side yet this year, preferring instead to trust to those who played the bulk of pre-season and who have impressed at the start of the campaign.

Chief among those has been centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, who have forged a formidable partnership this term.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (centre) shares a joke with Virgil van Dijk (left) and Joe Gomez (right) during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Behind them, Alisson Becker has started in fine form too, notching three clean sheets from five matches and conceding just once in the other two games.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Further forward, for once, there are a couple of question marks.

Sadio Mane started the season in tremendous form—but was slightly off the boil, at least in terms of his end product, against Tottenham.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mo Salah, meanwhile, will hope to rediscover his scoring touch after also looking short of his usual deadly level in a few matches this term.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Centre-forward and goalscorer Roberto Firmino was absent from training after an eye injury, however, and must be considered unlikely to play on Tuesday.

In his place, Klopp has options: A rare start for Daniel Sturridge is one possibility, but it could also be that Xherdan Shaqiri is given the nod.

The Swiss international has played both centrally and from the sides for the Reds, and Salah could move to play as striker to accommodate him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Elsewhere, the Reds will hope for more goals from midfield, not just on Tuesday but across the entire competition, to aid their chances of progression.

Gini Wijnaldum netted at the weekend, having also vitally scored against Roma in last season’s Champions League semi-final. Another against PSG wouldn’t go amiss!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Naby Keita (left) and Georginio Wijnaldum during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's James Milner during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There’s also a question mark over whether Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson or Fabinho start in the deepest midfeild role, with the Brazilian still awaiting his senior competitive debut for the Reds.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho, along with a few other squad players, will be vital to Klopp’s plans going forward across the next month or two, with a lot of matches yet ahead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 17, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (left), Nathaniel Clyne (centre) and Daniel Sturridge (right) during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

Liverpool squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara

Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Matip, Clyne, Moreno

Midfielders: Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Lallana, Fabinho

Forwards: Salah, Mane, Sturridge, Shaqiri

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