Liverpool’s trip to Paris was never going to be easy. On the road in Europe, the Reds have run aground with alarming consistency. Against Paris Saint-Germain, their 2-1 loss has only served to complicate their Champions League ambitions.
After making the final last season, not getting out of the first round would be a massive disappointment. Expectations have been raised for good reason but their away play on the Continent has already proven to be among their worst performances of the season.
The Reds did not start well and the home side was eager to get on top as early as they could. Liverpool stumbled from the first whistle and conceded a soft goal by the 14th minute. For the better part of the first 30 minutes, the capital club was flying and forcing the Reds to just ride the storm.
Eventually, after Alisson was forced into considerably more action than he has been in weeks, Liverpool began to claw their way back into the match. Yet, a blistering counterattack engineered by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe 37 minutes into the evening saw the Merseysiders surrender another.
Liverpool found fighting their way back into it difficult but were eventually given a penalty when Sadio Mané was scythed down by Angel Di Maria just before the break. With a quick conversion from the spot by James Milner, Liverpool had to feel good about their chances in the second half. However, it was not meant to be and they fell 2-1 to their hosts.
Here are four findings from the match.