Julian Draxler, the PSG midfielder and reported Liverpool summer transfer target, according to the Mirror, appeared to aim a dig at the Reds after Tuesday night’s match at Anfield.
The Germany international came on as a substitute with his team trailing 2-1, but despite Kylian Mbappe equalising, he was unable to stop Liverpool winning thanks to Roberto Firmino’s late strike.
Reported in the Metro, following the final whistle, Draxler said: “We did not start very well. Liverpool led 2-0 but we also know it’s hard to score two goals here.
“We deserved the draw but we recognise that Liverpool are a very strong team and Firmino showed that in the last few minutes.”
We’re not sure which game Draxler was watching as Liverpool schooled PSG for large periods! Few observers inside Anfield on the night would claim that PSG were worthy of a point on the Champions League group stage opener, although manager Thomas Tuchel echoed the same sentiment in his post-match press conference.
PSG are yet to win the Champions League since being taken over by Qatari owners seven years ago despite heavy investment, and Draxler felt that his side missed a chance to put down a marker early on in this competition.
He added: “In the first half we lacked aggressiveness. If you want to win the Champions League you have to take three points here and be more cunning.
“I am proud of the team and I hope we will do better in front of our supporters in Paris.”
Draxler’s claim that teams with the desire to win Europe’s elite club competition need to be able to win at Anfield comes weeks after Neymar claimed the Reds would not get back into the top four in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool, who maintained their 100% record in all competitions last night, play PSG in Paris on the last Wednesday in November on matchday five.