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Late Firmino strike gives Liverpool 3-2 Champions League win over PSG

Firmino was taken to Moorfield's Eye Hospital immediately after the injury- Firmino was taken to Moorfield's Eye Hospital immediately after the injury Firmino was taken to Moorfield's Eye Hospital immediately after the injury Credit Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 19 September, 2018, 19:27

Manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Fabinho will take time to adjust to the pace of the Premier League, however, playing him in Europe against familiar French opposition could be the ideal method of integration.

PSG are among the favourites for this season's competition but having started the Champions League in the same thrilling fashion that took his team to the final last season, Klopp insisted Liverpool's win confirms they are a match for anyone.

Liverpool added to their lead when former Bayern full-back Juan Bernat, tripped Wijnaldum in the box.

Obviously fans from rival clubs are taking delight at Salah's poor form this season but Liverpool fans have also admitted their star man isn't at his best with some branding his performance last night as "useless" and "awful".

Liverpool have spent big on new defensive recruits, £75m on centre-back Virgil Van Dijk in January and £67m for goalkeeper Allison in the summer. Five goals, tons of dramatic moments and a late victor, this one had it all.

It's way too early to start calling Salah a "one season wonder" and the fact is expectations of him are now higher following his exploits from past year.

"With Bobby (Firmino) obviously struggling, Studge (Daniel Sturridge) comes in and scores for us".

However, the Brazilian netted a late victor from the penalty spot after coming on as a second-half substitute.

It was a deserved victory for Juergen Klopp's team who had been on top for most of the match and handled the sport's most expensively-assembled frontline with some confidence.

PSG possess some of the most fearsome attacking talent in world football with Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

For the French paper, his inability to breakdown the Liverpool defence is not fitting of a player with his clout.

It was a different matter at the other end of the pitch, with Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani all looking risky on the break.

In a bid to convince Firmino to play, Mane sent him a text with 12 words: "Hey Bobby, come on, we need you". They are half a team, but the weakness of Ligue 1 means that their defensive shortcomings are exposed only in Europe. The way Tuesday's game played out, though, suggests he is still searching for the formula.