Firmino stars as Liverpool sink PSG

Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C

Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain – UEFA Champions League Group C

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino’s stoppage-time winner secured a dramatic Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain following a pulsating Group C clash at Anfield.

Firmino, who started the game on the substitutes’ bench due to the eye injury sustained against Tottenham at the weekend, won the game two minutes into added time after PSG had fought back from 2-0 down to equalise through Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappe.

Despite throwing away the two-goal lead given to them in the first half by Daniel Sturridge and James Milner, Liverpool never looked like losing this group-stage opener against the French champions.

But last season’s beaten finalists bounced back from the blow of conceding the equaliser to Mbappe after 83 minutes by claiming the victory that takes them to the top of the group ahead of next month’s trip to Napoli.

In what is likely to be a tight group, this meeting of the two teams expected to progress to the round of 16 showcased the strengths and weaknesses of both Liverpool and PSG.

Both clubs possess breathtaking attacking quality, but they also continue to have defensive issues that could cost both in the long term when it comes to their respective hopes of winning this season’s competition.

Liverpool showed last season, though, that they possess the ability to outscore virtually every opponent, and they repeated that against PSG, who once again appear too open at the back to make a genuine run in the knockout stages.

For once, Mohamed Salah was not the star man for Liverpool on a big European night at Anfield. The Egypt international certainly played his part against PSG, but the key men for Jurgen Klopp’s team were Milner, Andy Robertson, Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum — four of the most unheralded players in the team.

The quartet cost a combined £45 million — less than any of the figures paid for Naby Keita, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk in 2018 — but their value to the team is far greater than the sum total of their transfer fees.-Soccernet

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