Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a sensational stoppage time goal to ensure Liverpool kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Anfield.
Just as it looked like Liverpool had blown a two goal lead, the Brazilian super-sub came on with 20 minutes to go, coming on for goalscorer Daniel Sturridge, to snatch the points and put The Reds in the driving seat in Group C, as Red Star Belgrade and Napoli produced a stalemate.
Firminino, Jurgen Klopp’s first choice forward, was named on the bench after suffering a unusual, serious and painful optic injury during Liverpool’s weekend win at Tottenham Hotspur resulting in a trip to Moorfields eye hospital.
Sturridge took Firminino’s place with his first Champions League start in over six years, opening the scoring in the 30th minute with a header.
James Milner made it 2-0 from the penalty spot shortly afterwards before Belgian defender Thomas Meunier pulled one back for PSG with a smartly taken volley from inside the box, five minutes before the break. Kylian Mbappe, pulled another back in the 83rd minute.
Liverpool had dominated the first half and controlled most of the second half but they were unable to capitalise on their advantage.
“We start from the beginning again – a new road and a new journey,” Klopp had noted.
“Trying to measure or predict in this moment, before we play a single minute of a single game, how far we can progress in this specific competition is as futile as it is unhelpful.”
Next up for Liverpool they host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday before facing Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup next Wednesday.. The two sides then meet again in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, September 29.