Liverpool looked as though they had succumbed to dropping two points against Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield before a late winner from Roberto Firmino secured the three points.
After the drama and theatrics of last season’s road to Kiev, it seemed unlikely that the Reds would be able do much to top it but after game week one in the Champions League, Anfield has already seen an emotional rollercoaster of a game.
Daniel Sturridge and James Milner put the hosts 2-0 up after half an hour before Thomas Meunier finished superbly with his weak foot to give PSG hope before the interval. Kylian Mbappe equalised with a fine finish in the 83rd minute to break Anfield hearts.
A late Firmino substitution for Sturridge turned the game definitively as the Brazilian came on to win the game for Liverpool and send Anfield into raptures.
Firmino’s match-winning finish. Incredible scenes.pic.twitter.com/WGflGKuM4l
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) September 18, 2018
The Liverpool forward almost missed the game with an eye injury but Klopp reveals that Firmino came to him today and said: “I’m fine, I can open the eye.” Apparently, he said yesterday that there was no chance he would be fit to play PSG.
Daniel Sturridge was the man to be replaced by Firmino but scored a goal of his own to put the Reds in the lead and Klopp said on the Englishman after the game: “It’s the moment to show faith. When you have Firmino, it’s always like ‘come on….’ [let’s play him] but Daniel paid 100 per cent back. It’s so cool for us.”
Liverpool have now won six games on the trot this season, with one win in the Champions League and five in the Premier League. Next up for the Merseysiders is Southampton at home on Saturday.