Ferdinand says what we all thought about Neymar & Mbappe displays vs Liverpool

Paris Saint-Germain suffered defeat in their opening Champions League fixture of the season, falling to a 3-2 loss against Liverpool at Anfield.

Les Parisiens are again among the favourites in Europe this season, but Thomas Tuchel’s side flattered to deceive on opening night.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner handed Liverpool a 2-0 lead in the first-half, only for Thomas Meunier to reduce the arrears before the break.

Liverpool proceeded to create – and miss – a number of chances in the second half, before being hit with a sucker punch by Kylian Mbappe late on.

But in added time, substitute Roberto Firmino scored an excellent individual effort to hand the Reds victory and condemn the French champions to defeat on Merseyside.

On paper, PSG showed plenty of fight to come back from two goals down and haul themselves back into the match.

However, in reality that was far from the case, and they would have conceded five or six had Liverpool been more clinical.

It was another display from Les Parisiens that showed the team remains less than the sum of its parts; against Jurgen Klopp’s collective, Tuchel’s side looked fractured, with a back four and three workmanlike midfielders mostly overrun in their own half, with three superstars remaining up field in attack.

Those superstars – Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani – had mostly indifferent nights (Mbappe’s goal apart).

Indeed, the star trio’s displays have been widely criticised; PSG were lacking in ideas in attack, had little clarity amid slow, turgid build-up play and failed to force their personality on proceedings.

And that led to stinging criticism from Rio Ferdinand, a man who reached the Champions League final on three occasions during his illustrious playing career.

The former Manchester United man was scathing in his assessment of both Neymar and Mbappe, and their lack of work ethic.

“This just really shows to young players that are watching the game that no matter how much talent you have as an individual, you have to buy into the team work ethic," Ferdinand said .

“You have to buy into the structure of the team for you to be able to then have the platform to play as well.

“On far too many occasions we saw [Neymar], not only him but Mbappe as well, too narrow, not worrying about their defensive responsibilities at all.

“This team disappointed us today. I said before it was like a testimonial, the pace in which they played the game.

“So they have to change that if they’re going to be any type of contender. I don’t see them as a contender.”

The Champions League obsession remains at the Parc des Princes, and it won’t stop until the club’s Qatari owners get their hands on the famous trophy.

Marseille remain the only French club to win European football’s greatest prize.

Unless Tuchel’s side make drastic improvements as a collective, then that wait looks likely to continue.

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