Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he plans to rest Neymar this weekend to unleash him against Liverpool next week.
Jurgen Klopp's side welcome Tuchel's PSG to Anfield as their Champions League group campaign gets underway with a bang on Tuesday evening.
Neymar, who became the world's most expensive footballer when traded in Barcelona for Paris for £200million in 2017, was part of the Brazil sides that were victorious against USA and El Salvador during the recent international break.
The £200m forward played the full game as the Selecao won 5-0 against El Salvador in Washington on Wednesday and could be rested for PSG's clash with Saint-Etienne on Friday night.
Neymar looks on during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-German and Dijon (Image: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
That would enable a fully-rested Neymar to be in peak condition when he makes the visit to Anfield on Tuesday evening.
Tuchel said: "The only problem is, what’s the risk for him tomorrow night? Can he play a whole match or less and still not look at the game in Liverpool?
"There was the match played Wednesday night, the flight, the jet lag, how he gets back, it’s the same for Marquinhos.
"I really like him dribbling. In my opinion, it’s our challenge to create opportunities when Neymar can play with his strength, his dribbling skills.
Thomas Tuchel took charge of PSG this summer (Image: Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images for ICC)
"It is a collective effort, of course, and he adapts very well and he is always concerned by the team and not focused on his game."
While Neymar and Kylian Mbappe - who is suspended for Friday night's game with Saint-Etienne - are expected to feature at Anfield, the Ligue 1 giants will be without legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon and influential midfielder Marco Verratti, who are both serving suspensions.
After the meeting with PSG next week, Klopp's 2018 finalists continue their Champions League campaign with a trip to Napoli on October 3.
Liverpool then host Red Star Belgrade on October 24 with the Serbian side banned from having supporters attend the game.
Liverpool supporters hold scarves and a flag ahead of their Europa League football match against FC Utrecht at Anfield on December 15, 2010 (Image: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A disciplinary sanction by UEFA means Red Star are not allowed any official support inside the ground for the Group C game next month.
Red Star were charged by European football's governing body for incidents during their dramatic play-off second leg tie at FC Salzburg that clinched their first progress to the group stage since winning the European Cup in 1991.
Having drawn the game 2-2 in Austria last month, there was a pitch invasion from Red Star supporters after the final whistle. Fans were also charged with setting off fireworks, acts of damages and throwing of objects.