Neymar Embraced Roberto Firmino After His Late Winner Against PSG

Annette Crawford
September 19, 2018

Jurgen Klopp claims he has "never seen" Daniel Sturridge as fit as he is at the moment following Liverpool's 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool versus PSG - everyone's been talking about Liverpool's front three, how good they are in world football and they have always been compared with the front three of PSG - Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar - and it throws up an interesting scenario for the game.

The Brazil international's place on the bench was an enforced change for Klopp due to the eye injury he sustained at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, with the only other adjustment being captain Jordan Henderson coming in for Naby Keita. The Brazilian celebrated appropriately - by covering one eye.

"When I saw their line-up it was clear they were going to try to bring all the big ones, Neymar first time in left wing plus (Angel) Di Maria in the half-space, made life hard but I don't remember a lot of chances for the opponent".

'This team (PSG) is built for winning the Champions League.

"Everyone doesn't have to be anxious, we don't go for him against us", he said. And that's what we've done by beating both of them [Spurs and PSG].

Sturridge was making his first start of the season and his first in the Champions League for six years.

Robbie Fowler and Mark Wright scored as Liverpool won the second leg of that tie 2-0 in April 1997 - the only time the French champions have visited Anfield before.

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He was not expected to play a part in Tuesday's Champions League tie, but ended up contributing from the bench.

The Argentine also maintained his incredible record of scoring in every Champions League competition since 2005, taking his overall tally to 103.

In the other early kickoff, there was a fairytale return to Europe's premier club competition after an absence of seven years for Inter Milan as two late goals secured a 2-1win against Tottenham Hotspur.

But would Trippier and Alderweireld - two World Cup defenders - have allowed Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino to score in the closing stages? It was sloppy from Spurs, after Christian Eriksen had given them the lead on 53 minutes with a deflected strike that looped over the head of Samir Handanovic in the Inter goal.

Last season, Liverpool became the first team to have three players with 10 or more goals in a single European Cup/Champions League campaign (Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, all with 10 goals each).

"We dominated but of course it's so cruel", said manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"We were so strong and good with the ball", a relieved Klopp said.

"All of the lads have done well, it was a real team effort".

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