There is nothing worse than a key player suffering an injury while on international duty, but when said footballer is a member of the opposition, it can be a positive.
In this case, Liverpool’s chances of getting a result against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday were boosted when Neymar and Kylian Mbappe appeared to suffer injuries while playing for Brazil and France respectively.
Both had to be substituted as a result but the extent of the problems were not apparent at the time.
While speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s encounter at Parc des Princes, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel delivered a fitness update.
As reported by Goal.com, the head coach is “optimistic” about the pair being available for the crucial tie.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of Liverpool fans took an interest in this news, with the majority expecting Neymar and Mbappe to be in the first XI when kick-off rolls around.
Thomas Tuchel on Mbappé and Neymar: “I think they can play against Liverpool on Wednesday.”
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) November 25, 2018
We should just be focusing on beating the team they put forward irrespective of who plays. Worrying about these 2 players is not a good look for us
— Jetame (@Jetame1) November 25, 2018
Mbappe will play. Neymar won’t. That’s what I reckon
— Samy (@sazzam31) November 25, 2018
— Drizzy (@DrizzSD) November 25, 2018
Of course they will play it’s just game management and ploy
— Ben Yousouf Ramjain (@benyusuf69) November 25, 2018
Well, I for one, am shocked
— Danae Robertson (@DanaeRo69975869) November 25, 2018
Good I want them to play get more enjoyment when we brush them aside again
— Dan Griff (@dangriff96) November 25, 2018
Hope is wrong but it wont matter, we will batter them anyway!
— Tommie Vadàszi (@TommieVadaszi) November 25, 2018
— ⌚️Killian Martin? (@KillianM3) November 25, 2018
We’re not scared buddy
— Indonesian Wools (@wools_lfc) November 25, 2018
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