Liverpool were handed a humdinger of a draw for the Champions League group stages, but as many were quick to point, their opponents may well be significantly more anxious.
Indeed, there is reason to label a European visit to Anfield one of football’s very toughest tests. Look no further than last season’s 3-0 win against Manchester City as evidence – one of the greatest sides English football has ever seen cowed by a raucous atmosphere and dismantled in a glorious attacking display.
Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani will arrive on Merseyside with aspirations of avoiding the same fate as the great sides who have fallen before. In the process, they will be looking to deliver the kind of result which lays down a marker and which announces them as genuine contenders for the one prize which has eluded them since 2011’s transformative takeover.
While PSG, who can boast a number of superstars, are always named as one of the contenders, they have developed a tendency to fall short on the toughest away days.
Here’s a look at their last five blockbuster European away games:
Real Madrid 3-1 PSG, Round of 16, February 2018
PSG were right up there with Pep Guardiola’s City as the bookies’ favourites for last season’s competition but they were posed with perhaps the ultimate obstacle in the first knockout round.
Unai Emery’s side fancied themselves as the successors to reigning champions Real Madrid and their bid to claim the throne started well at the Bernabeu, with Adrien Rabiot firing home the opener after the ball broke kindly to him in the area.
They were able to resist the first waves of the Real onslaught, but when Giovani Lo Celso pulled down Toni Kroos in the area, the hosts were gifted a golden chance to equalise, which Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably took.
PSG had chances to bag another crucial away goal, but on 83 minutes they fell behind as the ball deflected in off Ronaldo when Alphonse Areola tried to push it away.
Their hopes were dealt another agonising blow moments later when Marco Asensio pulled it back to Marcelo, and the left-back’s shot hit Marquinhos and Areola on its way into the net.
Neymar skied a chance to reduce the arrears at the death, and PSG went onto lose 2-1 on home soil in the second leg.
Bayern 3-1 PSG, Group Stage, December 2017
Both Bayern and PSG were already through to the knockout rounds when they met in the final round of Group B matches. Top spot was at stake, but the Germans needed to win by four or more goals to leapfrog their opponents.
PSG, who selected a full-strength side even with their fate virtually sealed, went a goal down early doors when they allowed Robert Lewandowski a criminal amount of space on the edge of the six-yard box and he duly dispatched.
They created, but spurned, a number of chances before more suspect defending saw them concede again from Corentin Tolisso’s virtually free header on 37 minutes.
The neat combination play from the PSG forwards resulted in a goal shortly after the break, though, as Cavani brilliantly flicked the ball to Mbappe, who headed home.
It was a much improved second half-display from Emery’s men, but Bayern were able to seal the three points when Tolisso cooly finished a counterattack.
PSG had more attempts and more possession than Bayern, but still they fell to defeat.
Barcelona 6-1 PSG, Round of 16, March 2017
PSG had hammered Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg, but their collapse at the Camp Nou was historic.
Barca took the lead almost immediately when Luis Suarez bundled home a header and they doubled their advantage before the break courtesy of a disastrous own goal from Layvin Kurzawa.
Messi then hammered home a penalty in the 50th minute after Thomas Meunier slipped and brought Neymar down.
The visitors must have been convinced they had thwarted Barcelona’s comeback when Edinson Cavani hammered home a seemingly decisive goal.
Either side of his strike, the Uruguayan hit the post and was denied from close range by Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Those misses would prove to be costly Neymar curled in a brilliant free-kick and netted a penalty before Sergi Roberto scored with effectively the last touch of the game.
It was the greatest ever Champions League turnaround, outside of the final of course, but also has to be regarded as its most extraordinary unravelling.
Man City 1-0 PSG, Quarterfinal, April 2016
Manchester City may not boast the prestige of Europe’s elite, but for a number of years now they have been one of the strongest sides in the competition.
Back in 15/16, PSG had been forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Manuel Pellegrini’s team, leaving them on the backfoot for the trip to Manchester.
Sergio Aguero missed a penalty and Zlatan Ibrahimovic went close with two free-kicks before Kevin de Bruyne produced the tie’s decisive moment, bending in from the edge from the box to knock out the Parisians.
Once again, they had several big chances, but their wastefulness condemned them.
Chelsea 1-2 PSG, Round of 16, March 2016
A month earlier, PSG travelled to London and looked to finish the job against a Chelsea team who were struggling domestically but had topped their Champions League group.
They had won the first leg 2-1 and repeated the feat at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic either side of Diego Costa’s equaliser.
They have, as outlined above, failed to win a Champions League knockout game since.
Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to avoid the same fate as his predecessors but knows all too well just that he faces an almighty test at Anfield after his experience two years ago.
It seems almost a certainty that PSG will create some big chances given the attacking talent at their disposal, but if Liverpool can hold firm for the most part and punish the errors which have plagued their opponents in big games down the years, they might well come out on top.
The visitors will hope to have added some much-needed mettle and steeliness to their game after several seasons amongst the European elite.