Firmino strikes late for Liverpool

Borussia Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel during a training session at Anfield ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final 2nd Leg match against Liverpool

Tuchel’s Anfield nightmare repeats itself

Jurgen Klopp reserved special praise for goalscorers Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino on Tuesday after Liverpool recovered to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their Champions League opener.

Liverpool looked as though they had succumbed to dropping two points against Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield before a late victor from Roberto Firmino secured the three points.

Except for defender Dejan Lovren, the hosts have a near fully fit squad to choose from but are sweating on the availability of Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian suffered a painful-looking eye injury during Saturday's 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

In 2016, trailing 4-2 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund in a Europa League quarter-final second leg they scored three goals in the final 24 minutes, with Dejan Lovren's 91st-minute header ruining then Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel's night - as it turned out, not for the last time.

When PSG equalised in the 83rd minute, I was thinking "well, this is a draw now" but Liverpool still pushed forward for a victor.

Roberto Firmino saved his team-mates blushes after scoring an injury time victor to secure a 3-2 win and Salah appeared to vent his relief after being seen throwing a water bottle to the ground in the dug out shortly after the Brazilian had made it 3-2 at Anfield.

The Reds have won five out of five so far in the Premier League this time around and begin their latest European campaign with a mouth-watering clash at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Chances came nearly few and far between for much of the second-half, but teenage French sensation Mbappe didn't waste his opportunity when the ball fell to him in the 83rd minute.

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"The three in midfield also (were great) but they can only do that when the front three play like they do and in that number nine position he (Sturridge) did".

"If you play against PSG you have to reach the next level".

Daniel Sturridge, who had not started a Champions League game since his days with Chelsea in 2012, was given the nod to replace Firmino in attack and the English striker responded superbly.

Just two shots in the game was a miserly return for Salah but more worrying for Liverpool fans is that he completed just one successful dribble during the 85 minutes he was on the pitch.

Sturridge headed home Andrew Robertson's cross after 30 minutes.

"I sent him a message on Monday saying, "Hey Bobby, come on, we need you". The Egypt global 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.

"I think it's a big result, honestly", Mane said.

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