Neymar hits winner as Liverpool lose to PSG to dent their hopes of reaching last 16
So, after three successive away defeats in this season’s Champions League, Liverpool need to do something that normally comes quite naturally to them.
A decent win at home against Napoli in a fortnight and Jurgen Klopp’s team will make it to the last 16. Victory by a 1-0 score — or by two goals — will do it largely because tied teams are separated by head-to-head record.
Liverpool have a chance and we are in for another stellar night at Anfield. They have been asked bigger questions in Europe in the past and found answers.
That, however, is pretty much where the good news starts and ends. This looked a tough group at the outset and that is how it has turned out.
Nevertheless, Liverpool have made a bit of a mess of things in the Champions League so far and nobody would have expected that after their run to the final last time round.
In three away games, Liverpool have shipped five goals and nobody won anything at this level defending as they did here at times against an exuberant and occasionally exhilarating Paris Saint-Germain side.
They were 2-0 down after 37 minutes and it could have been more. To be only a goal down at half-time after James Milner’s penalty was something of a miracle.
They had been embarrassed for an hour at Anfield in September before belatedly making a game of it. In the end, they lost 3-2.
Here was their revenge and they celebrated as though they had achieved something special. Still to travel to Belgrade for their final game, PSG are not yet sure of qualification, but it would be a surprise if they messed it up.