Paris Saint-Germain took a big step towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday after Neymar helped sink Liverpool in a blistering 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes.

The Brazilian struck in the 37th minute after Juan Bernat´s early opener to put qualification for the last 16 in the French champions´ hands and leave Jurgen Klopp´s team needing to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals in two week´s time to guarantee a place in the knockout stage.

Thomas Tuchel´s PSG have massive European ambitions but have flattered to deceive on the continent since being taken over by Qatari investors, and after defeats at Anfield and draws with Group C leaders Napoli Wednesday´s win gives them a great chance of qualifying from an extremely tight group.

They are in second place but still need a win at Red Star Belgrade – who they beat 6-1 in Paris in October — to ensure a knockout berth as they go into the final round of fixtures just two points ahead of Liverpool.