Liverpool vs PSG: French front page recreates The Beatles’ famous album cover to preview Champions League tie

A FRENCH newspaper has gone back to the future with The Beatles as it urges Paris Saint-Germain’s superstars to Come Together for tonight’s Champions League opener.

PSG strike stars Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are in a front-page mock-up copying the famous cover of the Merseyside rockers’ Abbey Road album.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has been chosen as the final member of Le Fab Four beneath L’Equipe’s message: “A road to cross.”

The sports paper recreated the iconic image of the four Beatles walking over a zebra crossing to mark perhaps the biggest match on the first day of Champions League group games.

But unlike today, the Liverpool squad when the album came out in September 1969 was packed with Englishmen, like Ray Clemence, Tommy Smith, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt.

And it was a season that ended far more happily for the other half of Merseyside, as Everton won the top-flight – finishing four places and 15 points above Liverpool.

The L'Equipe front page mocks up the memorable image from the cover of the The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road
The L’Equipe front page mocks up the memorable image from the cover of the The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe test out the Anfield pitch ahead of the huge Euro opener
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe test out the Anfield pitch ahead of the huge Euro tie
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Now, though, Liverpool are many people’s tips to not only vie for the Premier League title with champions Manchester City but also to at least match their Euro run last term, when Real Madrid beat them 3-1 in the final.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stirred things up for tonight by suggesting Neymar and World Cup winner Mbappe often escape A Hard Day’s Night in France.

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Neymar and fellow Brazil star Marquinhos were rested, while Mbappe was suspended, as PSG coasted past Saint-Etienne 4-0.

Klopp said: “We compete in the two toughest competitions in the world, the Premier League and Champions League. How can we say we don’t want that?

Liverpool hope their own awesome threesome can play together in attack - Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino
Liverpool hope their own awesome threesome can play together in attack – Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino
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“That is what we do, that is what has brought us all together here — but there is not one second that is easy.

“We will try to be ready for PSG. We try to prepare but they are really good, a very interesting football project, and they rested two key players on Friday night.”

Klopp also insists he has no fears if Roberto Firmino fails to recover from his eye injury and Daniel Sturridge steps in.

The German will tell fringe man Sturridge “Don’t Let Me Down” as the ex-England striker fights to revive his career, having not yet started this season.

 

 

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