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Klopp gets the better of Tuchel: Five talking points from Liverpool’s win over PSG

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Liverpool’s first Champions League game of the season was a humdinger as we beat Paris Saint-Germain with a stoppage-time goal from Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian came on as a substitute and had seen PSG come back from being 2-0 down in the first half. Liverpool battered the away side at Anfield as Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring.

James Milner then converted a penalty won by Georginio Wijnaldum. But Thomas Meunier scored a brilliant volley to cut the deficit and Kylian Mbappe levelled the scores in the 83rd minute.

However, Firmino had the last laugh as he rifled into the bottom corner and came out with a new celebration.

Liverpool were the better side in the game and here are five talking points from the game.

1) Liverpool loving European return

The Reds seem to be a different beast in Europe under Jurgen Klopp. Prior to the German’s arrival, Brendan Rodgers’ side often produced limp displays that saw us missing out on a lot.

Now, however, Liverpool have been scoring for fun since last season. The Reds have now racked up 43 goals since the previous campaign.

We did play some easy teams in the group last season but scoring three against the Parisians is never easy.

We had huge wins over Porto away and against Roma at home and there is no doubt we are back in the big time.

Liverpool could have scored more but some quality keeping from Alphonse Areola kept the away side in the first half.

2) Daniel Sturridge is back

Daniel Sturridge started his first Champions League game since March 2012, a time span of 2,379 days.

The Englishman was placed into possibly the biggest game of the season, without having started any of our Premier League games and he did a bang up job.

The striker opened the scoring in the game and had another quality chance but couldn’t head the ball into the goal.

Sturridge will have a huge part to play whenever Firmino has to be rested this season. If the Englishman stays sharp and fit, we could see a lot of goals from the 29-year-old.

3) Klopp gets more out of players than Tuchel

Liverpool seemed ready for the clash and every player played to their potential, as we made PSG look like amateurs at the start of the game.

Klopp is brilliant when it comes to extracting the best from his players and it showed as Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum ran rings around the PSG midfield.

Thomas Tuchel took over from Klopp at Borussia Dortmund but he clearly failed to get the best out of his French side at Anfield.

The German has only taken over this season and he will need time to understand the team. But this was a huge game for both clubs and the least PSG could have done is held on for the 2-2 draw.

4) Another Milner masterclass

We seem to be writing a special piece on Milner every match day as the Englishman continues to produce quality.

One moment of the match saw him crunch into Neymar, leaving the Brazilian sprawling on the sideline as we looked to attack the French side.

The 32-year-old is playing like a 20-year-old and we can only hope he continues playing in the same manner for the rest of the season.

Milner also scored the important second goal of the game and has been a mainstay for the side since the start of the season.

Six wins, six Milner-esque performances!

5) Salah’s struggles continue

Bottle throwing incident aside, Salah again underperformed and almost cost us the win. The Egyptian gave the ball away, leading to Mbappe’s equalizer. However, he was saved due to Firmino’s goal.

Mohamed Salah

The former Roma man hasn’t looked great and he might need more rest to get back to his best. His finishing still needs work and he looked exhausted during the last quarter of the game.

Salah was replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri in the second half but Klopp must have a word with the 25-year-old as we need him to be firing.

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Mane troubled the PSG defence, Firmino got the goal but Salah didn’t do much after the initial 30-minute period.

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Why a move for this Argentine star would take Liverpool’s attack to the next level

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Liverpool opinion: Why signing Paulo Dybala would be incredible for Liverpool’s attack

Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move as Liverpool consider a summer bid for the Juventus star, according to Tuttosport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 25-year-old joined the Italian giants from Palermo and has gone from strength to strength in Turin.

Dybala has won the Serie A thrice with Juventus and also has three Coppa Italia titles to his name. The 25-year-old is yet to win something with the national side, but that is a different story.

Liverpool could do with more options in attack

The Argentine is one of the brightest sparks in the Serie A, but he hasn’t been prolific in front of the net this season.

Dybala only has nine goals in all competitions with four assists in this campaign, and the limelight has focused on Cristiano Ronaldo since the move from Real Madrid.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have had a fantastic season with several players chipping in. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have 17 goals each in the Premier League. Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world while Alisson has done his bit in keeping us in the title race.

However, the Reds need to bring in quality options for their front three.

Roberto Firmino, Salah and Mane are great as a trio but as soon as one of them is injured, we end up losing a lot of attacking ability.

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are decent players but they don’t have the same impact on the pitch as the trio.

Divock Origi of Liverpool

Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

Dybala has the ability to play across the front-line or just behind the striker and would be that addition that takes our attack to the next level.

It would provide Jurgen Klopp scope to mix things around with the attack, and also allow the German to rest the attackers in certain games.

The Reds have been extremely reliant on Salah over the past year, and his lack of goals in recent weeks has been taken care off by Mane’s brilliant form.

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The Argentine is young, tenacious and has the quality to shine for a team like ours. It will be interesting to see if Juventus are willing to deal with us for the attacker, but there is no doubt Dybala would increase the competition for places at Liverpool and could raise the game of the other players.

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“I try to look at this player and reach that level” – Premier League sensation dreams of reaching Mohamed Salah’s level

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Latest Liverpool news: Eden Hazard wants to emulate good friend Mohamed Salah

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard is having another fruitful season at Chelsea. The Belgian has scored 13 times and has 11 assists to his name this season in the Premier League.

The former Lille man was speaking with NBC sports and claimed that Mohamed Salah is one of the players he tries to emulate (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Mo Salah is one of my good friends and he is doing something incredible.

“I try to look at this player and I try to reach that level.”

The 28-year-old has been the star for Chelsea over many years while Salah has done incredibly well since signing from AS Roma.

Salah has 24 goals in all competitions this season with 17 in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

Salah helping Liverpool towards glory

The Egyptian broke several scoring records last season as we reached the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Salah is just one behind Sergio Aguero this season in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, but we are two points ahead of Manchester City.

The Egyptian hasn’t scored in his last seven games, but Liverpool are in a great position in the Champions League too with a two-legged quarter-final against Porto.

Hazard, for his part, seems to be doing it all for the Blues as they try to finish in the top four. However, Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League.

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The Belgian has always been one of the best in the Premier League, and it is proof of Salah’s quality that Hazard is trying to copy the Egyptian.

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Liverpool have some tough decisions to make in the summer and it includes strengthening this position

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Liverpool opinion: Reds have tough decisions to make regarding goalkeeping spots next season

Liverpool went out and smashed the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Alisson from AS Roma (h/t BBC).

That record didn’t last for long as Chelsea bought Kepa Arrizabalaga (h/t BBC), however, this was a statement of intent from the Reds in the summer.

The goalkeeping position was always going to be a huge problem for the Reds as Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius fought it out for the No.1 spot in the team.

Both made mistakes when Jurgen Klopp played them in the team, and Karius had a tough outing against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The German was sent on loan to Besiktas in the summer, but problems have risen in Turkey. Reports suggest that Karius wants the Reds to cancel after a difficult season.

Loris Karius of Liverpool

The former Mainz star has made a few glaring errors at his new home too, and reports suggest that a couple of German clubs are interested in signing him.

Who plays as the No.2 next season?

The dilemma that Liverpool could face is regarding their No.2 goalkeeper for next season. Karius left the Reds on a two-year loan deal to Besiktas and it will be interesting to see if he is open to becoming our No.2 again or if Klopp wants him back.

The German keeper hasn’t even completed one season away from the Reds.

Simon Mignolet has been a fantastic No.2 this season, especially because of his professionalism. The Belgian was replaced by Karius last season and has hinted he will discuss his future in the summer (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool

Simon Mignolet

The Reds also have young goalkeepers such as Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara impressing recently.

Grabara is out on loan at AGF and featured on the bench in our 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this season.

Liverpool need a dependable No.2 who can do a job should he be called upon and pushing a young keeper into that role might be a risk.

Similarly, making Karius the No.2 before he has found his confidence again would be just as risky.

Any goalkeeper that is the second choice will have limited game time, however, we need someone of quality who can step up if Alisson gets injured.

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The Reds have some thinking to do in the summer, and hopefully, we find the right person to cover our Brazilian star.

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