Liverpool squad on “real team effort” & Firmino’s one-eye celebration in “deserved” win over PSG

19 September 2018

Liverpool’s players were heroic in Tuesday’s thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain, and both Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri insist it was deserved.


The Reds were given a huge early test of their Champions League credentials, with PSG heading to Anfield as one of the tournament favourites.

There was only one team who looked like potential champions next May, however, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side comfortably outplayed their opponents.

Daniel Sturridge and James Milner got the ball rolling with goals before half-time, and although Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappe made it 2-2, there was just about time for Roberto Firmino to net a stoppage-time winner.

It means Liverpool go top of Group C immediately, with Napoli only able to draw 0-0 away to Red Star Belgrade.

Andy Robertson again enhanced his reputation as one of the world’s best left-backs on current form, and he spoke to BT Sport about the quality of the team performance:

“We got off to a good start; we made it a bit hard for ourselves but there’s nothing better than a late goal—Bobby has come off the bench and done that. To a man, we were brilliant I thought.

“I felt we controlled it. Obviously we lost the goal just before half-time and 2-1 is a bit uncomfortable.

“Then I thought we controlled the second half until they broke on us. We know the players they’ve got and it’s probably the only time they’ve really opened us up.

“At that point you thought it would be a draw but the lads stuck at it.

“We just kept on going and found a second wind going into the last 10 minutes, the chances kept on coming and Bobby’s finish was great.

“Fair play to him and all the lads have done brilliantly. It was a real team effort.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's new signing Xherdan Shaqiri after the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Xherdan Shaqiri made an impressive late cameo from the substitutes’ bench and the Swiss was another who felt the three points were fully merited, as he told LFCTV:

“We played very well during the 90 minutes.

“We knew PSG had their qualities; it was top level.

“You can’t make little mistakes because PSG are a top team and they will take every mistake. They scored like this for 2-2.

“But we tried until the end and we deserved in the end to win because if we’d drawn this game we’d feel very sad.

“We deserved to win for the amazing performance we played.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A number of Liverpool squad members took to social media to post their thoughts after the match, with James Milner still full of adrenaline on Wednesday morning:

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Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Gini Wijnaldum all turned their focus to the challenges ahead, both domestically and in Europe:

The Reds are next in action on Saturday at home to Southampton in the Premier League, as a busy run of fixtures that also includes a trip to Napoli on October 3 continues.

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