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PSG 2-1 Liverpool: Kylian Mbappe showed why he’s best teenager in the world

Paris Saint-Germain took a giant step to qualifying for the knockout rounds of the Champions League as they edged out Liverpool.

Juan Bernat and Neymar both found the target to give the hosts a well deserved two-goal lead before James Milner restored some hope from the spot.

But it wasn’t to be as the French side stayed resilient to claim a vital three points. Sportsmail’s DOMINIC KING was on hand to assess the performances of both sets of players.

Paris Saint-Germain claimed a huge victory over Liverpool in their Champions League group


Gianluigi Buffon – Didn’t have a great deal to do in the opening 45 minutes but was comprehensively sent the wrong way by Milner from the spot – 6

Thilo Kehrer – Had to be alert to the rapid raids of Mane and Robertson down Liverpool’s left but the young German was alive to the task – 7

Thiago Silva – Might not hold the tag of the world’s best defender any longer but the quality is still there, as one brilliant tackle in the second half showed – 8

Thiago Silva proved age is just the number and was an impregnable wall in the second half

Thiago Silva proved age is just the number and was an impregnable wall in the second half

Prensel Kimpembe – One of the reasons that Firmino had such a quiet game was down to the Frenchman being so dominant and aggressive – 7.5

Juan Bernat – Popped up in an unexpected area to open the scoring, the left-back showing the touch and poise of a left-winger with a smart finish – 7.5

Marquinhos – Deployed by Tuchel to give balance and cover in midfield and, in the main, that is precisely what he did to protect the defence – 7 

Marco Verratti – Some of his passing was sublime but he was fortunate not to be sent-off for a poor tackle on Gomez – 8 

 Marco Verratti's passing was superb but he was lucky not to be sent off for this challenge

 Marco Verratti’s passing was superb but he was lucky not to be sent off for this challenge

Kylian Mbappe – Could be an Olympic sprinter with those stunning changes of gear; showed why he is the best teenager in the world – 8.5

Neymar – He does things that leave you shaking your head in disbelief, for good and bad reasons; fine goal, depressing theatrics – 7

Angel Di Maria – Got a startling introduction into the game when Milner flattened him; his desperate lunge on Mane led to Liverpool’s penalty – 6.5

Edison Cavani – His power and aggression meant Liverpool’s defenders were always on edge and only some inspired keeping stopped him scoring – 8

Kylian Mbappe put on a stunning display and proved why he's the best teenager in the world

Kylian Mbappe put on a stunning display and proved why he’s the best teenager in the world


Areola (GK), Choupo-Moting, Draxler, Rabiot, Diaby, Nsoki


Thomas Tuchel – Had his team wound up from the first whistle and kept demanding that his forwards go wide to stretch the play, a tactic which brought much joy – 8


Alisson Becker – Strange to say after conceding two goals but this was arguably his best performance, as a series of big saves kept Liverpool in the game – 8

Joe Gomez – Chosen ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold to give the defence solidity and hung in the contest after a difficult introduction – 6.5

Dejan Lovren – Enjoyed the challenge of squaring up to Cavani, was left trailing in Mbappe’s wake for PSG’s second goal – 6

Virgil Van Dijk – Inadvertently set up Bernat’s opener when a cross bounced off his leg but made a number of big challenges – 7

Andy Robertson – One of his side’s better performers, sold Verratti a wonderful dummy, lost his temper when he clattered Neymar – 7

James Milner – Played like a man possessed with some ferocious early challenges and you knew he was not going to miss his spot kick – 7

Jordan Henderson – Eager to make up for his red card at Watford, the captain was a composed figure but had his hands full with Verratti – 6

Gini Wijnaldum – Passes were off target, picked up an early booking and almost got himself another yellow card. No surprise when he was substituted – 5

Mohamed Salah – This was a snapshot of his season in 90 minutes. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes erratic but always willing to shoot – 6

Roberto Firmino – His form continues to be a worry and left Klopp with no choice but to end his night early – 5

Sadio Mane – The pick of the forward line and it was his pace and desire that helped Liverpool find a way back into the match – 7


Mignolet (GK), Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Matip, Alexander-Arnold


Jurgen Klopp – Picked his best team and made substitutions at the right times but it wasn’t enough to prevent a fifth consecutive European defeat away from Anfield – 6


Szymon Marcinak (Poland) – Quite why he needed assistance from his linesman to award Liverpool’s penalty was baffling, as it was a clear decision. Let some early challenges go but then was too eager to reach for his cards – 6