Liverpool were outclassed in spells as Ligue 1 champions PSG beat the Premier League giants Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
No one can question the role Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum played as Liverpool stormed to the final of the Champions League last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice central trio were fierce and ferocious throughout the 2017/18 European campaign, hassling and harrying the likes of Manchester City and Roma into submission.
But when sharing a pitch with Paris Saint-Germain and the masterful Marco Verratti, Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum and co appeared to be well out of their depth on Wednesday night.
PSG won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes and triumphed in the midfield battle with Liverpool’s tireless trio being comfortably outplayed, their comparative lack of technical ability exposed in brutal fashion.
And, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (29 November, 10.30am), the former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders
“Verratti dominated the midfield. It was Henderson, Wijnaldum and Milner in the midfield and they just looked a bit short,” said Saunders, who represented Liverpool in the 1991/92 season. “I thought they got found out a little bit.
“If you’re going to be brutally honest, they’re just lacking a bit of class, the three of them. Milner, great professional, having a great season but he’s not a central midfield player really. Henderson has got a brilliant attitude but the two of them can’t run a game of football. Wijnaldum can’t run a game of football.
“Paul Scholes could. Roy Keane could. Paul Ince could, Lampard, Gerrard, they could. (Liverpool’s trio) got a bit outclassed.”
Liverpool looked far more dangerous when Naby Keita came off the bench to replace Wijnaldum in the second half with the former RB Leipzig man’s attacking thrust forcing the PSG midfield back towards their own goal.
Perhaps Keita could be the key in big European nights against genuinely top class opposition.