Paris Saint-Germain's German head coach  ThomasTuchel  reacts during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and St Etienne at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on September 14, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Picking a Combined XI of Liverpool & PSG Players Ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Clash

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool host Thomas Tuchel's Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night with both sides coming into the game with 100% domestic records so far this term. 


Falling at the final hurdle in last year's campaign, Liverpool fans will be desperate to see their club lift a sixth Champions League trophy this time around. PSG, a club with ambitions of lifting the trophy themselves, will be wary of leaving their defence exposed against the counter-attacking prowess of Klopp's front three.


In anticipation of what will likely be an open, attacking game, here is a combined XI of players from both squads.

1. Alisson Becker

Following his reported £67m move from AS Roma this summer, the Brazilian has been a revelation for Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool conceding just twice in their opening five games of the season.


The 25 year-old's distribution has been excellent, with a passing accuracy of 82.1% so far in the Premier League. 


Despite being caught in possession against Leicester, Alisson's calmness on the ball under pressure shows a confidence that has been missing between the sticks for Liverpool in recent years.

2. Thomas Meunier

The rangy Belgian defender has developed rapidly in the absence of Dani Alves. Capable of also playing in central defence and as a wing-back, Meunier offers a calming presence at the back.


The 27-year old displayed his ability to contribute in an attacking sense as well last season, scoring five and assisting six from right-back. 

3. Thiago Silva

Now entering the latter stages of his career, the Brazilian is still considered one of the best central defenders in world football, possessing excellent reading of the game, passing ability and leadership skills.


This season Silva has found himself predominantly partnered with youth academy graduate Presnel Kimpembe, guiding his side to five straight wins in Ligue 1.

4. Virgil van Dijk

The towering central defender has become a real leader at the back for Liverpool since his January arrival. 


Providing experience in a youthful back four the Netherlands captain, partnered with Joe Gomez, has managed to guide Liverpool to three clean sheets in five matches.


Van Dijk's performances will be key if Liverpool are to mount a sustained title challenge this season.

5. Andrew Robertson

The Scot has become an integral figure in Liverpool's defence after a slow start to life at Anfield. The flying left-back has already provided two assists for his teammates this season and looks set to add to that tally.


The 24-year-old has endeared himself to the Anfield faithful through hard-work and persistence, managing to keep Alberto Moreno out of the side. 


Robertson's impressive performances for Liverpool saw him named Scotland's captain with manager Alex McLeish describing him as 'an inspiration to all young players'.

6. Julian Draxler

The silky German midfielder has started four of his sides five games so far this season, both out wide and as a creative midfielder. With diminutive Italian midfielder Marco Verratti suspended for the game, Draxler is likely to feature centrally.


The 24 year-old's ability to drift past his opponents with ease, and deliver telling crosses with either foot makes him a real danger in the final third.

7. Adrien Rabiot

Now an established figure in the PSG first team, Rabiot's future is still up on the air as talk over his contract - which expires next summer - continue.


Capable of playing as a holding midfielder or in a box-to-box role the Frenchman covers the ground with ease due to his leggy stride. He showed his growing influence on the team in a series of impressive Champions league performances last season, scoring against Real Madrid as PSG were knocked out in the Round of 16.


In addition to the likes of Man City and Barcelona, Rabiot has also been linked to Liverpool.

8. James Milner

The veteran midfielder may have been expected to find first team opportunities limited following his move from Manchester City. However, he is now one of the first names on the team sheet.


Setting a new record for most assists in a single Champions League campaign last season, creating nine goals, Milner has quietly gone about asserting his dominance in a side with fierce competition in midfield.


The 32 year-old has two assists to his name in the Premier League already this season and has been one of the Reds' best performers.

9. Mohamed Salah

After his sensational debut season for Liverpool last year, scoring 44 goals in all competitions as well as assisting a further 16, it was impossible to leave Salah out. 


The Egyptian has yet to catch fire in the early stages of the 2018/19 season, though with the arrival of Naby Keita providing increased creativity in midfield, goals should soon start flowing again for Salah.

10. Edinson Cavani

The Uruguayan marksman has consistently scored goals wherever he has been. The arrival of Neymar, with a few bumps along the way, has even seen Cavani's numbers improve further. 


Last season the 31 year-old scored 40 goals in all competitions, with an ever-improving understanding between the Parisian club's front three, you can bet on Cavani reaching similar figures this time out.

11. Neymar

The Brazilian has found the transition from La Liga to Ligue 1 seamless, scoring 28 times in just 30 appearances last season.


The former Barcelona forward has everything to make it at the very top and be considered the world's best. Consistency will prove to be key going forward if he is to challenge for personal honours, though some question whether the step down in quality in Ligue 1 compared to the other top five leagues will hinder his chances in the future.