Liverpool left it late to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on Tuesday night, getting their Champions League campaign off to a memorable start.
Liverpool 3-2 PSG
Champions League Group Stage (1), Anfield
September 18, 2018
Goals: Sturridge 30′, Milner (pen) 46′, Firmino 90+2′; Meunier 40′, Mbappe 83′
Jurgen Klopp‘s side hosted a daunting PSG outfit, but the Ligue 1 champions were comprehensively outplayed all evening.
Daniel Sturridge, brought in for the injured Roberto Firmino, headed home to give the Reds the lead, in his first Champions League start for six years.
James Milner made it 2-0 with a typically clinical penalty, but Thomas Meunier’s well-taken effort quickly reduced the deficit.
Kylian Mbappe looked to have undeservedly earned his side a point, following an error by Mohamed Salah, but substitute Firmino fired home in stoppage time as scenes of joy erupted inside Anfield.
Meanwhile, Napoli could only manage a goalless draw away to Red Star Belgrade, making it a perfect start in Group C for Klopp’s men.
Here’s how supporters saw Liverpool’s 3-2 victory on social media and our forums.
Firmino’s winner was met with great joy, with the team performance and mental strength lauded…
A win as impressive as anything last season. In so many ways.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) September 18, 2018
This team is different. Everything about it. The reds are on the march again lads.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) September 18, 2018
Klopp’s #LFC rarely give up, heads went down briefly when #PSG equalised but his players have had it drummed into them that if there’s time on the clock there’s time to score.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) September 18, 2018
What a brilliant game of football. Breathless, heart-stopping stuff worthy of a final. Hats off to the @PSG_English fans who were magnificent, but I’m in awe of the atmosphere created by our supporters tonight. Another superb European night at Anfield. Allez, Allez, Allez…#YNWA
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) September 18, 2018
“It was really impressive and good to see us just go for it after conceding, no feeling sorry for ourselves, just crank it up and go for it, it bodes well for the season ahead.”
– Red Ted on the forums.
MY CYCLOPSE HERO
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) September 18, 2018
Fully deserved. Outstanding second half performance Only one team in it. Midfield 3 of Wijnaldum, Milner and Henderson completely dominated.
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) September 18, 2018
Richly deserved victory – dominated a top side all evening, and a point would've felt desperately unfair.
Roberto Firmino really is my hero.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 18, 2018
FT: Liverpool 3-2 PSG. Great team performance. Sturridge performed at his best. Firmino doesn’t need long at all to score. 3 points. #lfc #livpsg #ChampionsLeauge
— Tom Munns (@TomMunns1) September 18, 2018
Unreal. We made a quality team look bang average & they only got back into it because we weren’t ruthless enough. Group of Death? Don’t make me laugh. It’s only a tough group because the Reds are in it
— Neil Docking (@NeilDocking) September 18, 2018
Certain individuals were singled out for special praise, especially Milner & Wijnaldum…
Whole midfield deserves a lot of credit today, Jordan Henderson was insanely good.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) September 18, 2018
In the land of the blind, one eye is King Bobby!! pic.twitter.com/veBLG3LqDY
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) September 18, 2018
Let's talk about James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez and Gini Wijnaldum.
Taking turns to keep Rabiot, Neymar, Mbappé, Cavani in their pockets.
Massive team performance. #LFC #LFCPSG
— D E E P D A S T A R D L Y (@srijandeep) September 18, 2018
“Jimmy Milner and Gini were immense.”
– LS12Reds on the forums.
Wouldn't change him for the world pic.twitter.com/ZKUZK1xJuI
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) September 18, 2018
Firmino's goal was set up by James Milner who prevented Mbappe from breaking away in the 92nd minute. Unreal.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) September 18, 2018
“A contest between Gini and Milner for MoM. Hendo was great too. No stuttering from them this time, they were perfect all three of them!”
– Hope in your heart on the forums.
Firmino has also scored the winning goal in Liverpool's last three matches.
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) September 18, 2018
Gini immense once more tonight, both on and off the ball. Having a fantastic season so far. Has really stepped up another level.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) September 18, 2018
The only real negative was Salah’s below-par showing, but some were still quick to defend him…
Whether it’s the Egyptian FA or whatever it may be, Salah needs to desperately sort out his personal issues that have been affecting his game.
— – (@lfcrealtalk) September 18, 2018
Think we just beat PSG there despite two of our best players (Salah and VVD) having arguably their worst games for us. #AllezAllezAllez #EuropeanRoyalty
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) September 18, 2018
Not worried about Mo. He's still contributing to this team. Whilst he's frustrated by his own high standards he just needs a goal or two to get going again. Until then, the collective unit of this side can keep on winning by the odd goal ?
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) September 18, 2018
“Mo not at his best but you can see it won’t be long before he starts to hit his stride. Great win.”
– shankly96 on the forums
Salah had a bad game today for sure. Easily not our greatest threat today but mark my words, FUEL TO THE FIRE ! Coming soon @MoSalah ? #LFCPSG
— Liverpool's Finest (@kirungi8) September 18, 2018
Tell me why Salah is throwing his dummy out the pram when Firmino scores the winner? Should be jumping in joy! ? pic.twitter.com/7odS6eVFIb
— Max (@xDuoMax) September 18, 2018
I'd start Shaqiri and Naby against Southampton. Salah needs benching for a game or two. And a good shake.
— Joseph Cousins (@JCuzzy1) September 18, 2018