Roberto Firmino struck a stoppage-time victor as Liverpool beat Paris St Germain 3-2 at Anfield on Tuesday (Sept 18) after Kylian Mbappe looked to have secured a point for the French side in a compelling Champions League Group C clash.
Roberto Firmino is such an important cog in the Liverpool machine Sadio Mane was texting him 24 hours before their match against Paris St Germain urging the Brazil global to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener. But the heavyweight encounter of the evening was at Anfield, and the Group C match between last season's beaten finalists and the ambitious PSG lived up to expectations.
Daniel Sturridge replaced Firmino in Liverpool's starting XI and the 29-year-old scored Liverpool's opening goal in the first half.
But Roberto Firmino came off the bench to snatch the points with a dramatic stoppage-time victor just days after suffering a nasty eye injury against Tottenham.
There was the moment in the first half when Kylian Mbappé tried to give Virgil van Dijk the slip and his progress was halted abruptly by the outstretched arm of the Liverpool centre back. To a man, we were brilliant I thought. But the French champions pulled one back before the interval through Thomas Meunier - the goal allowed to stand despite Edinson Cavani being offside in the build-up.
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Milner, who was Liverpool's tireless engine in midfield, then stepped up to the penalty spot when Georginio Wijnaldum was tripped by Juan Bern, doubling the lead in the 36th minute. Conceding in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of an electrifying encounter at Liverpool is just what happened when Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund was beaten 4-3 by Klopp's side in the Europa League quarterfinals in 2016.
Salah lost the ball on a couple of occasions and his goal was ruled out after the referee spotted a foul by Daniel Sturridge on PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. We know the players they've got and it's probably the only time they've really opened us up. Firmino made that chance count.
"You can see that by looking at what he's done with this team; how we play together and work for each other".
But, Roberto Firmino of Brazil came off the bench and scored the victor for Liverpool, moments before the final whistle.
Defender Joe Gomez believes the depth of their squad makes Liverpool stronger than last season when they finished in the top four of the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.