Paris v Liverpool facts
Friday, November 16, 2018
In a tight Group C, Paris Saint-Germain take on Liverpool, who have struggled away, in a potentially pivotal fixture.
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Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool meet in a high-stakes encounter at the Parc des Princes as the intrigue continues in a tight Group C.
• In the teams' matchday one fixture, Daniel Sturridge and a James Milner penalty gave Liverpool a two-goal cushion before Thomas Meunier (40) and Kylian Mbappé (83) brought Paris level. Two minutes into added time, however, substitute Roberto Firmino struck to earn last season's runners-up a 3-2 victory.
• Liverpool are on six points having won both home games but lost both away, and have a point more than Paris. Napoli also have six points, with bottom side Crvena zvezda also still in contention on four.
• That means Liverpool will be through if they win and Crvena zvezda do not beat Napoli. Paris will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose and Napoli win.
• Both teams are one win away from 50 in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.
• The clubs' only other fixtures before the current campaign came in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, when Paris seized control of the tie with a 3-0 first-leg win at the Parc des Princes – although they had to survive a scare back on Merseyside, going through despite a 2-0 defeat. The final ended in a 1-0 loss to Barcelona.
• Thomas Tuchel's side bounced back from their Liverpool loss with a 6-1 defeat of debutants Crvena zvezda in their second fixture, Neymar scoring a hat-trick. They then shared two draws with Napoli: 2-2 at home, and 1-1 away.
• Paris have therefore won only one of their last seven UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L4).
• Before beating Crvena zvezda, Paris had lost four European matches in a row – the worst run in their history – during which they conceded 11 goals.
• Ligue 1 champions for the fifth time in six years in 2017/18, and seventh time overall, this is the French side's seventh successive UEFA Champions League campaign.
• Semi-finalists in 1995, Paris have been knocked out in the round of 16 in the last two seasons – having been eliminated in the quarter-finals in the four previous campaigns.
• Paris have scored in all of their last 20 UEFA Champions League games, since a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City in the 2015/16 quarter-final second leg (0-1).
• The Parisian club have lost only two of their last 49 European home games since crashing 4-2 to Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage (W31 D16) – they went down 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2014/15 quarter-finals and 2-1 against Real Madrid in last season's round of 16 second leg.
• The French side are without a win in their last five games against English opposition (D3 L2), since a 2-1 success at Chelsea in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg, which was also their first win in England.
• Paris have lost only one of their eight home fixtures against English visitors (W3 D4), 3-0 against Chelsea in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage, and have drawn the last two.
• Having scored a last-gasp winner to defeat Paris, the tables were turned on Liverpool on matchday two, a 90th-minute Lorenzo Insigne strike earning Napoli a 1-0 success in Italy. Crvena zvezda were then beaten 4-0 at Anfield before a 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture in Serbia.
• The defeat at Crvena zvezda means Liverpool have lost three successive away European matches – although they have been beaten only four times in the last 16. The Reds have nevertheless won just five of their last 21 (D8 L8).
• The Reds have lost four of their last six European matches.
• Fourth in the Premier League in 2017/18, Liverpool are in the group stage for the second season running, having featured once in the previous seven.
• Liverpool scored an average of 3.15 goals per game in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
• The five-time winners reached their eighth European Cup final in 2017/18, when they won four of their seven UEFA Champions League away matches (qualifying included), losing only one.
• The Reds have lost only once in their last seven visits to France (W4 D2), where their overall record is W5 D2 L7. However, they are without a win in their last three (D2 L1).
Links and trivia
• Thomas Tuchel succeeded Jürgen Klopp as Borussia Dortmund coach in summer 2015. Between 2009 and 2014, Tuchel was in charge of Mainz – where Klopp was coach from 2001 to 2008.
• Have played together
Thilo Kehrer & Joël Matip (Schalke, 2015/16)
Ángel Di María & Fabinho (Real Madrid, 2012/13)
Layvin Kurzawa & Fabinho (Monaco, 2013–15)
Kylian Mbappé & Fabinho (Monaco, 2015–17)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting & Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke, 2017/18)
• Fabinho and Mbappé were French champions together at Monaco in 2016/17.
• Have played in France:
Dejan Lovren (Lyon, 2010–13)
Fabinho (Monaco, 2013–18)
Naby Keïta (Istres, 2013/14)
Sadio Mané (Metz, 2011–12)
Divock Origi (LOSC Lille, 2012–15)
• Have played in England:
Ángel Di María (Manchester United, 2014/15)
Lassana Diarra (Chelsea 2005–07, Arsenal 2007/08, Portsmouth 2008/09)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke, 2017/18)
• International team-mates:
Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Neymar, Dani Alves & Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino (Brazil)
Thomas Meunier & Divock Origi, Simon Mignolet (Belgium)
• Mbappé scored France's last goal in a 4-2 defeat of Dejan Lovren's Croatia in July's FIFA World Cup final. Alphonse Areola and Presnel Kimpembe were unused French substitutes.
• Meunier got Belgium's first goal in a 2-0 defeat of England in the World Cup third-place play-off match. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson were in the losing side.
• Mbappé scored his first international goal against Georginio Wijnaldum's Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on 31 August 2017.
• Paris's 4-0 win away to Monaco on 11 November made it 13 Ligue 1 victories in a row to kick off the new season, equalling the club's best winning run in the league set by Laurent Blanc's side between 20 March and 30 August 2015. This is also the best start ever to a season in Europe's top five leagues.
• The record was surpassed by Saturday's 1-0 home win against Toulouse, Edinson Cavani with the only goal in the ninth minute.
• Against Monaco Kylian Mbappé failed to score for the first time in five Ligue 1 games, since a 3-0 win in Nice on 29 September. The 19-year-old has 11 goals in nine Ligue 1 appearances this season, but missed Saturday's game.
• Neymar has ten goals in 11 league games this season; he was also absent against Toulouse.
• Cavani also scored a hat-trick against Monaco and now has nine goals in nine league games this season, meaning Paris have three of this season's top five Ligue 1 goalscorers.
• The 2-0 win at Marseille on 28 October was the first time this season Paris had failed to score three or more goals in a league game. Thomas Tuchel's side have managed 46 in their first 14 league fixtures.
• On 7 October Mbappé became the youngest player to score four goals in a Ligue 1 game as Paris defeated Lyon 5-0, hitting four in a 14-minute burst – another record.
• Neymar scored the only goal, a penalty, in Brazil's friendly victory against a Uruguay side including Cavani on 16 November. Neymar went off after just eight minutes with a muscular injury in the 1-0 win against Cameroon four days later.
• Mbappé played 90 minutes as France lost 2-0 in the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League on 16 November; the Paris forward went off with a shoulder injury in a 1-0 friendly win against Uruguay on 20 November. Presnel Kimpembe also featured for France in both games, and Cavani was in the Uruguay team for the latter fixture.
• Dani Alves (right knee) made his first appearance of the campaign at the weekend, coming on as a second-half substitute. Layvin Kurzawa (back) is yet to play this season, although he was on the bench against Toulouse.
• Paris won the Trophée des Champions for the sixth year in a row and eighth overall with a 4-0 defeat of Monaco on 4 August. Ángel Di María scored twice, Christopher Nkunku and Timothy Weah getting the other goals.
• Having won their first seven games this season in all competitions, Liverpool have been victorious in five of their last 11 fixtures (D3 L3). They were 3-0 winners at Watford on Saturday thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah – his sixth in seven games for the club – Trent Alexander-Arnold, with his first of the season, and Roberto Firmino. Firmino had not found the net in the Premier League since 15 September.
• Liverpool were victorious in their first six Premier League games this season, the first time in the club's history they had kicked off a season with six league victories. Liverpool had not won six league matches in a row since a run of nine successive victories between February and April 2014.
• The win at Watford was only the Reds' second in their last six away games in all competitions (D2 L2).
• Liverpool paid a world-record fee for a goalkeeper this summer to bring in Alisson from Roma – this was quickly eclipsed by Chelsea's signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
• James Milner's nine assists in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League set a new competition record.
• Virgil van Dijk scored a last-minute equaliser as the Netherlands – whose team also included Georginio Wijnaldum – drew 2-2 in Germany on 19 November to reach the UEFA Nations League Finals. Wijnaldum was on target in the 2-0 win against France three days earlier.
• Xherdan Shaqiri provided two assists as Switzerland came from 2-0 down to beat Belgium 5-2 in Lucerne on 18 November to also qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals.
• Salah scored for the eighth successive international, an 89th-minute winner as Egypt beat Tunisia 3-2 in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on 16 November.
• Andy Robertson captained Scotland to UEFA Nations League wins against Albania (4-0) and Israel (3-2) to earn promotion from League C.
• Joe Gomez played 90 minutes, as did club-mate Dejan Lovren for Croatia, as England won 2-1 at Wembley on 18 November to also reach the UEFA Nations League Finals.
• Alexander-Arnold scored his first England goal in a 3-0 friendly win against the United States on 15 November.
• Dominic Solanke scored twice in each of England Under-21s' friendly wins against Italy (2-1) and Denmark (5-1).
• Jordan Henderson suffered a hamstring injury in Liverpool's win at Huddersfield on 20 October; on his return, he was sent off late on at Watford for a second bookable offence.
• Naby Keïta was out between 16 October and 11 November with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Guinea.
• Adam Lallana has not played since matchday four and missed the Watford game with a minor injury.
• Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to play this season after suffering a serious knee injury in last season's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma on 24 April.
• Sadio Mané and Salah have been named on the five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.