Liverpool opened this season’s Champion’s League competition by beating Paris Saint Germain by three-goals-to-two in an exciting match played at Anfield.
The home team dominated both halves of the match but almost lost two points when the Parisian side equalized in the dying minutes of the match ; however , Roberto Firmino’s last-minute goal made sure the Reds collected the three points at stake in a match that they clearly played better than their opponent.
The Reds showed class, grit and defensive discipline throughout the game. The English team ran PSG ragged , and it would have been painful to their supporters and neutral spectators had the match ended two-two , as it appeared to be headed before Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal.
Liverpool were the more dominant side in the opening half of the game in which they scored two brilliant goals. PSG were able to half the deficit towards the end of the half through Thomas Meunier , though their was an element of luck in the goal the towering Belgian scored.
Liverpool’s counter-pressing make it extremely difficult for the Parisian club to build their play from the rear. And the visiting team were harried by the Reds without intermission , forcing them to retreat in numbers into their half of the pitch to defend.
Liverpool earlier attacking play, saw goalkeeper Alphonse Areola punching out a Virgil Van Dijk goal-bound shot over the goalpost.
The home were so dominant in the opening ten minutes that they won five corner-kicks in the process , one of which Joe Gomez headed very close to the goalpost.
The Reds continued to attack their opponent in unending waves , with Salah and Trent Alexandre-Arnold given PSG’s back-line all sorts of problems.
In one of the few instances PSG breached the Reds’ defense-line in the opening half , Alisson Becker made a save of Edison Cavani’s close-range effort from the eighteen yard box.
Sadio Mane had a chance to put Liverpool ahead in the twenty fifth minute of the game after dribbling into PSG’s eighteen yard box from the right flank but he his final shot flew far away from the goalpost.
Daniel Sturridge shot Liverpool into the lead in the half hour mark when he powered Andrew Robertson’s cross into the net from the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
A minute after their opening goal , the duo of Mane and Salah caused a melee in the opponent’s eighteen yard box as they tried to make inroads into the opponent’s heavily defended final third with short passes between them.
PSG almost scored through a cleverly worked out trick between Neymar and Mppabe during a corner-kick incident , the French striker in a flash freed himself inside a crowded Liverpool’s eighteen yard box to receive Neymar’s corner-kick in an unmarked position , but he shot the ball over the crossbar.
James Milner scored from the penalty spot in the thirty sixth minute after Georgino Wijnaldum was fouled inside PSG’s eighteen yard box by Juan Bernat .
Thomas Muenier scored for PSG in the fortieth minute. In the build-up to the goal a cross from Angel Di-Maria ricocheted off Andrew Robertson body and fell in front of Muenier inside Liverpool’s eighteen yard box , and he shot it into the net before Alisson could intervene.
The second half was an all Liverpool affair save for the moment Kylain Mbappe equalized.
A Mohammed Salah’s fifty seventh minute goal was disallowed , because Sturridge had stamped his boot on Areola in the build-up to the goal.
The home team had majority of the passes and attempts-at-goal as the match progressed but wasted so many scoring chances.In one of such instances ,Salah shot wide Van Dijk’s headed pass that located him inside PSG’s eighteen yard box.
Mane wasted a chance to score in the eighty first minute after successfully evading the sliding tackle of an opponent’s defender inside PSG’s six yard box but the final shot swept across the mouth of the goalpost.
Kylian Mbappe equalized for PSG in the eighty third minute of the game. In the build-up to the goal, Salah misplaced a pass and Neymar raced with the ball deep into Liverpool’s half of the pitch , a weak clearance by Van Dijk sent the ball to Mbappe who shot it beyond and onrushing goalkeeper Alisson into the net.
As Liverpool poured into the opponent’s half in search of a winning goal they won a free-kick at the edge of the eighteen yard box , and Trent Alexandre-Arnold hit the top-most part of the goalpost with a superbly struck free-kick .
PSG’s goal which came against the run of play failed to dampen the spirit of Liverpool’s players , who immediately attacked their opponent until second half substitute , Roberto Firmino , scored their winning goal in the first minute of added time.
Today game showed how Liverpool have improved since they lost the final of this competition early this year. It was remarkable how their back-four completely neutralized the threat of Edison Cavani , Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Junior. The Reds dominated all sections of the pitch , leaving the star-studded Parisian side fighting not to conceive more goals throughout the game .
This Liverpool team will be a sight to watch as this competition progresses this season.