Paris Saint Germain defeated Liverpool 2-1 at the Parc des Princes stadium to bolster their chances of qualifying for the round of 16
The defeat, however, left Liverpool’s hopes of qualification hanging by a thread and thereby making their final group stage fixture against Napoli a must-win for them. PSG went two ahead in the first half via goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar. Liverpool did pull one back via James Milner’s penalty at the cusp of halftime. However, apart from that, they couldn’t create any clear chances and failed to register a single shot on target in the entire game. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were very much dormant throughout the game, and Sadio Mane looked like the only one troubling the PSG defense. Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock expressed concern over their attacking trio and Mohamed Salah in particular,
“I just don’t feel that the Liverpool’s front three are clicking in the same way they have done in the past,” Warnock told BBC Sport.
“Sadio Mane was outstanding against PSG and was the one Liverpool forward who looked up for the fight. He got into some good areas, ran at his full-back whenever he could and tried to make things happen.
But Roberto Firmino was very poor. He did not hold the ball up, or do his usual job of bringing other people into play. Too many passes were misplaced, and his touch was not great.
“And I know everyone is talking about Mohamed Salah being back in form, but I don’t see it myself. I still think he is out of sorts – he is trying to play as an individual and is not enough of a team player – and that was the case on Wednesday night too.”
It’s true that although Liverpool have found victories with great consistency, their front three has failed to click the way it has done in previous seasons.