Liverpool to bring out PSG's best - Tuchel

18 September 2018 03:50:51 EST

Thomas Tuchel says he is expecting his Paris Saint-Germain side to rise to the occasion of facing Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League.

The French champions head to Merseyside on Tuesday night for easily the highlight of the first round of group stage matches in this year's competition.

The Parisians look set to deploy their formidable front three of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar, Tuchel confirming the latter will be involved after he sat out the league win over St Etienne on Friday night.

Liverpool have a fearsome trio of their own in attack in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who all scored goals for fun during their run to last season's Champions League final.

The Reds are expected to be serious contenders again this term and are 16/1 to win a sixth European crown, while PSG are 8/1 to land their first Champions League title.

Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp rates Paris Saint-Germain's chances of European success highly this season, despite the Ligue 1 champions having not made it beyond the quarter-finals of the competition since 1995.

Tuchel is keen not to look too far down the road though and is instead focusing on Tuesday's challenge, claiming the atmosphere at Anfield should help his team raise their game.

"We can talk about this for hours and hours, but it doesn't bring you one centimetre closer to the title," Tuchel said, when asked about winning the Champions League.

"It doesn't make sense to talk about things that happen next year. We like the challenge to play here and the challenge for our group.

"In my opinion, a challenge, a game like this can never come too early. This will bring out the best in us, get us used to this pressure, this kind of level. There is no problem with that. What we need tomorrow is the best performance we have.

"You can never be comfortable against Jurgen's teams, or at Anfield, but this kind of opponent, atmosphere, brings out the best in us. I believe we can be a very dangerous opponent tomorrow."

PSG are 9/4 to get the better of Liverpool in the group stage encounter, while the home side are 6/5 and the draw is 11/4.

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