Liverpool, the runners-up of last season’s competition, started their Champions League journey this term against one of the toughest of opponents in form of Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. The game, however, proved to be an end-to-end thriller with the Ligue 1 champions came back despite being down to 2 goals but conceded in closing seconds following a spectacular Roberto Firmino strike which sealed a winning start for the Merseysiders.
The Reds, being the home side, dominated in early minutes forcing Areola to make some smart saves in quick successions. The visitors sat back deep to adjust to the game and waited patiently to form counter movements. Just when their lethal front trio of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe started testing Liverpool’s defensive resilience, the hosts earned the breakthrough when Daniel Sturridge, started in place of Roberto Firmino, headed home from Andrew Robertson’s delivery. Mbappe’s effort just went over the bar minutes later, however, it was James Milner who doubled the lead quickly from the spot after Georginio Wijnaldum was fouled just inside the box by Juan Bernat. But the luxury did not stay long as Thomas Meunier finished with a first-time strike to pull one back after Robertson failed to clear a cross. A competitive first half ended 2-1 in favor of the Merseysiders with the promise of another exciting 45 minutes of football.
Salah was denied a goal controversially by the assistant referee early in the second half whereas Sturridge failed to make proper contact to Alexander-Arnold’s stunning cross. The Reds should have put the game to bed with enormous chances created but a late drama was awaiting when the Egyptian’s shocking misplaced pass allowed Julian Draxler to form a counter-attack which allowed Neymar and Mbappe combine upfront with the latter equalizer with only a few minutes remaining in the game. Draxler could have had a winner but was denied by van Dijk which should be viewed as the turning point of the game. Liverpool kept on attacking in closing seconds and got the winning goal in the most fascinating way when substitute Roberto Firmino scored a stunner to make it 3-2 ruining Paris’ party.
The Reds, therefore, incredibly maintain their winning streak and start the campaign in the best possible way before hosting Southampton this weekend in Premier League.
Liverpool vs PSG Lineups:
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah (Xherdan Shaqiri 85′), Sadio Mane (Fabinho 93’+), Daniel Sturridge (Roberto Firmino 72′).
PSG: Alphonse Areola, Thomas Meunier, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Juan Bernat, Marquinhos, Adrien Rabiot, Angel di Maria (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 80′), Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Edinson Cavani (Julian Draxler 80′).
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Liverpool vs PSG Match Stats:
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