Liverpool legend slams Neymar and Mbappe after poor showing at Anfield

John Barnes has slammed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe after they failed to assist their teammates defensively, leaving Bernat and Thomas Meunier exposed.

While he might be one of the most spectacular attacking talents in the world, Neymar is a luxury player at times. When coming up against an opponent as tough as Liverpool, you need everyone to be switched on defensively and PSG lacked two men at times.

Both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe failed to support their two fullbacks, allowing Robertson and Alexander-Arnold to push onto their opposite numbers and keep them pinned in their own half while Sadio Mané and Mo Salah ran around unchecked.

Liverpool icon John Barnes believes the lack of defensive from Neymar and Mbappe cost PSG the game.

“I saw the interview Klopp gave last night, he spoke about the defensive work of the whole team, meaning the front three as well,” Barnes said.

“A lot of people say Neymar is the best in the world, which may suit PSG or Man City or Barcelona but regardless of how good he is, there is no way he would suit Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp.

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“I was disappointed with Neymar and Mbappe. I thought they were so lazy when they didn’t have the ball, they didn’t help their team at all.

“PSG aren’t going to pay for it in the French league but that will probably work against [them] in the latter stages of the Champions League.”

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