Stunning Firmino goal gives Liverpool Champions League win over PSG

Lynette Rowe
September 22, 2018

Roberto Firmino came off the bench and scored a stoppage-time victor in Liverpool's entertaining 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Sturridge was replacing Firmino in the starting line-up after the Brazilian suffered a ghastly (though thankfully not overly serious) eye injury during the previous game, Saturday's 2-1 win over Tottenham. Thomas Meunier then clawed one back for PSG close to half-time before Kylian Mbappe equalised in the 83rd minute - but Firmino struck on 92 minutes to make it six wins out of six for Liverpool this season.

Firmino's strike on Tuesday was his 11th goal in just his 14th Champions League appearance - the playoff win over Hoffenheim last season isn't included - a record only bettered by one player. If the Reds are to end their long wait for a Premier League title, the key will not necessarily be to beat City when they go head to head but to match City's ability to brush aside lesser teams and routinely accumulate points.

He wrote: "Sturridge's time at Liverpool has had lots of disruption from injuries, particularly under Jurgen Klopp, and there were huge questions over his future at the club last season when he went out on loan to West Brom in January".

"It was really important we started like we did", he said. As the PSG players wanted an offside call, Sturridge dove to play the ball after his heavy first touch.

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"We need to pay attention at all times and football punished us here".

"I was looking forward to watching Liverpool's game against PSG on Tuesday night, and it didn't disappoint".

The victory will give Liverpool great confidence going forward, and it also helps to show the world that their march to the Champions League final last season was no fluke.

The Reds pushed hard to get back on top with ten minutes remaining, and substitute Roberto Firmino would eventually be the difference maker.

But Mauro Icardi's brilliant late volley brought the hosts level, and Matias Vecino headed in a stoppage-time victor for Inter, back in the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12. "I thought he was different class for 70 minutes - he was brilliant", Robertson said. In the second half, we lost a lot of easy balls.

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