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Liverpool news: Why PSG star Marco Verratti is GUTTED about Champions League clash

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MARCO VERRATTI is still full of regret he will miss PSG’s Champions League showdown with Liverpool on Tuesday through suspension.

The midfielder was sent off for two bookable offences in last season’s round of 16 second leg tie against Real Madrid.

Verratti was dismissed in the 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes which brought PSG’s European campaign to a premature end.

The Italy international is subsequently unavailable for the trip to Anfield this week.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have one day less to rest too after PSG played last night, beating Saint Etienne 4-0 in Ligue 1.

Liverpool, meanwhile, fa a tough test at Wembley today against title rivals Tottenham (12.30pm).

Klopp cannot afford to rest any of his big name players for Spurs following the international break.

Verratti has no choice but to sit out the game on Merseyside, however, he is confident his team-mates can pick up a result on Tuesday.

Liverpool face having to stop the likes of Brazil superstar Neymar and France forward Kylian Mbappe, who were both left out of the PSG side that beat Saint Etienne.

Marco Verratti

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PSG star Marco Verratti will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield
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“We know that Liverpool will be very different. They are a team that is very good at home”

Marco Verratti

After the game, Verratti said: ”I am very happy to be back on the pitch.

“I hope that now that I will be able to string together some matches. Julian managed to score a great goal, because my pass was not that great — it was really impressive. We are growing in confidence with each win and that is very positive.

“We know that Liverpool will be very different. They are a team that is very good at home. 

“They also have Champions League experience and reached last season’s final. This sort of match is good — we know that it will be a very tight game.

“If we get out of this group, we will do so with greater confidence. When I saw the calendar, I was hoping that this would not be the first match — I still regret my red card from last campaign.”

PSG boss Tuchel said: “I know that many people view the Liverpool match as the most important. 

“However, I say that whether we play in Nimes, or Guingamp, or at home to Saint-Etienne, every game is difficult.

“We know that Anfield is one of the toughest trips in Europe. Saint-Etienne was a good rehearsal. It was good for our confidence ahead of Tuesday’s match at Anfield against Liverpool. It will be a big test for us. We are confident, though.”

Elsewhere in Group C on Tuesday, Red Star Belgrade host Napoli.

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