Jurgen Klopp insists he has no fears over Liverpool’s players handling a fit-again Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and will not advise his players over how to handle them as they have watched them “500,000 times on YouTube”.
Paris Saint-Germain’s star duo will play in the Parc des Princes on Wednesday after recovering from injuries sustained on international duty.
Klopp’s side managed to keep them quiet for most of their first meeting at Anfield – Mbappe scoring an 83rd-minute equaliser before Roberto Firmino snatched an added-time winner – and he is confident they can do the same again.
“It is much more difficult to prepare a game when my players don’t know an opponent, which happens from time to time,” said Klopp.
“We give them videos but this generation probably watch 500,000 YouTube videos of Mbappe, Neymar and (Edinson) Cavani and they know about their individual strengths more than I do.
“But they can only shine with the ball so that means we have to defend them.
“It is difficult to close spaces and if you don’t close it one time, not only with the quality but the speed, you have no chance.
“But you have to be brave by yourself and that’s what we did in the first game. We were so attack-minded even in our defending, constantly front-footed.
“It is something Paris are not used to because they are so dominant in the league, we have to make sure they are not that dominant against us.
“I am completely happy with our individual quality and I believe 100 per cent in the group but that is the same with Thomas Tuchel and his players.”
Liverpool will go through if they win and Red Star Belgrade do not beat Napoli but Klopp knows it is a big ask to win in the French capital, where PSG’s last 20 Champions League matches have brought 15 victories and five draws.
“We don’t think about it too much. We are sportsmen and we want to win games,” he added.
“We know about the qualification rules but we are here tomorrow night to win a football game with all we have. We don’t go for a specific result, we want to be as good as possible.
“It is a tough one to come to Paris and go for a result but I think we should try.
“Two very ambitious teams will face each other in an interesting situation in the group because we brought Belgrade back into the group (with a defeat in Serbia last time out).
“We never moaned about it, we didn’t think negatively about it, we looked forward to the game in Paris.”
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