Draxler ready to pick up mantle

first_imgJulian Draxler has told Kylian Mbappe to do all he can to be fit to face Liverpool, but the Germany international is ready to step up for Paris Saint-Germain if needed.Mbappe and fellow star Neymar were injured in the international break to put their participation in the game in doubt, but coach Thomas Tuchel suggested on Friday they could return on Wednesday.PSG are third in their Champions League group, a point behind both Napoli and Liverpool with two games remaining, making a positive result against the Reds crucial, and Draxler knows he may have to deliver if the two forwards are not back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “If both players are injured, we still have a lot of good qualities in the team. Many other players can score or make assists, like me,” he said. Julian Draxler: “We hope that @neymarjr and @KMbappe play on Wednesday. At the same time, we have other great players who can play”— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) November 23, 2018 But Draxler is keen to see PSG at full strength as they look ahead to a pivotal match.”I have spoken with Kylian and I told him: ‘You have three or four days left to prepare for Liverpool, it will be important for us’,” he said. “In the dressing room, we talk about that.”It’s clear. We are not afraid, we know it’s a decisive game. We’ll play a good game against Toulouse [on Saturday] and then we’ll think about Liverpool.”We have to play better than there [at Anfield in a 3-2 defeat]. I think everybody will be ready and I am very happy to have the opportunity to play a match like that in front of our supporters.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img

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