Liverpool defeated Paris Saint-Germain in their first match in the Champions League, 3-2. The Reds took the lead after 30 minutes through Daniel Sturridge who started in the place of Roberto Firmino.
James Milner doubled Liverpool’s lead from the penalty spot six minutes later after Georginio Wijnaldum was failed by PSG’s Juan Bernat. The Parisians got on the board just before halftime through left-back Thomas Meunier.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool cruised through the second half with PSG creating very little. Kylian Mbappe finally levelled the scored on 83 minutes against the run of play. PSG’s superstar forwards Neymar and Mbappe did very little throughout the match with the former being completely anonymous through the second half.
The match looked destined for a draw until Liverpool’s Firmino, on as a second-half substitute, scored in the first minute of stoppage-time.
Liverpool’s win puts them atop the Group C after the match between Red Star Belgrade and Napoli ended nil-nil.
Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s late win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League
Following Liverpool’s Champions League win, supporters and pundits around the world took to Twitter and reacted to the victory.
— BarryChambers (@chemalino) September 18, 2018
Where was Neymar?
While Liverpool found a late winner, questions have already been asked about the play of PSG star Neymar. The Brazilian went missing for large parts of the match and gave the ball away easily throughout. Neymar made just 31 passes during the match while taking two shots. He was dispossessed five times by Liverpool defenders.
PSG will be a different proposition with Buffon, Alves and Verratti back, but still not convinced Tuchel and this squad are a natural fit. Doesn’t look like Neymar’s up for a lot of counter-pressing, if I’m honest.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) September 18, 2018
No player will regret their career trajectory more than Neymar. Guy will have spent have half his peak in Messi’s shadow & the the other half at a club where nothing he will win or do matters.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) September 18, 2018
Trent Alexander Arnold just pocketed Neymar. Say it once, then just keep on saying it.
— – (@AllezTheReds) 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.
— Enganche (@srijandeep) September 18, 2018
Liverpool will travel to Italy to play Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli on October 3rd in the Champions League. PSG will host Red Star the same day.
Klopp’s side will face PSG for the second time on November 28. The match will come on matchday 5 of the Champions League for both clubs.
Did Liverpool prove they can play with Europe’s elite against PSG?