Liverpool set to face PSG centre-back playing in midfield

Date published: Monday 17th September 2018 2:11 - Matthew Briggs

Liverpool are set to face a centre-back playing in midfield on Tuesday night in the Champions League.

Towering Brazil defender Marquinhos is set to feature in a holding midfield role, alongside reported Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot.

Get French Football News report that Thomas Tuchel will play the defender in front of a back four with Alphonse Areola in goal.

​PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa is missing through injury, while Dani Alves is also on the injured list whilst Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti are suspended and Lassana Diarra is also doubtful with a knee problem.

That looks like meaning that Tuchel will use Marquinhos, who like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe was rested over the weekend, in a midfield role – as he has done in a couple of Ligue 1 games so far this season.

It may well leave reds boss Jurgen Klopp licking his lips after Liverpool’s midfield – led by James Milner – started to click into gear in recent weeks.

Marquinhos, who can also play at right-back, is predominantly a centre-back who can play in midfield and Klopp will be hoping Milner, Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum can get the better of him.

PSG warmed up for Tuesday’s Anfield clash with a 4-0 home win over Saint-Etienne.

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