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Travel-sick Liverpool run risk of early Champions League exit

Can’t look: Reds defender Virgil Van Dijk after Liverpool fall behind while Milner gave the Reds hope from the penalty spot (below) PICTURES: PA/GETTY

PSG 2-1 Liverpool

LIVERPOOL’S Champions League hopes hang in the balance after they were outfought in Paris last night.

Defeat by slick Paris Saint-Germain condemned Jurgen Klopp’s side to third place in the group and needing to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals at Anfield in their final group game to reach the last 16.

If they do fail to progress it will be Liverpool’s poor away form that costs them — the Reds have lost all three group games on their travels.

Goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar put PSG in control before James Milner’s penalty halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

But in truth it was another lacklustre Liverpool display, albeit improved from their dismal showing against Red Star in Belgrade.

Liverpool were quickly under the cosh. Alisson, tested early on by Angel Di Maria’s sweetly struck effort from 25 yards, was soon picking the ball out of the back of his net after poor defending allowed Neymar to tee up Bernat to score with the aid of a slight deflection.

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Neymar doubled PSG’s lead on 37 minutes, following up after Alisson had turned away Kylian Mbappe’s cross ahead of the onrushing Edinson Cavani.

But Liverpool were handed a lifeline at the end of the first half after Di Maria scythed down Sadio Mane and Milner sent Gianlugi Buffon the wrong way from the spot. Marquinhos, who had a goal ruled out for offside at the start of the second half, forced Alisson to palm away his powerful header.

Liverpool did improve after the break but created little to threaten Buffon’s goal and must now find their spark for the finale.