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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.

Read more: Chelsea superstar will think about joining Liverpool after being requested by fan

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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Liverpool star’s £4.5m-per-year demand could be a problem as two Serie A clubs are interested

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Dejan Lovren’s salary is a problem for Serie A clubs

CalcioNapoli24 (h/t Daily Star) claims that Napoli are interested in the services of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. The report claims that AC Milan and Napoli are offering Lovren the chance of regular football.

The Croatian fell down the pecking order at Liverpool last season, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk.

The 29-year-old Lovren started 11 Premier League games and did a decent job throughout the campaign, however, the lack of games has left Lovren considering his future, according to the report.

Napoli can offer Champions League football for the centre-back while AC Milan will participate in the Europa League next season.

The problem for both clubs lies in Lovren’s wage demands. The report claims that the Croatian wants £4.5m-per-year in wages and has two years left on his Liverpool contract.

Milan News (h/t Daily Star) adds that Lovren’s representatives were in Milan to discuss a possible move to the San Siro. The report claims that Lovren is interested in playing for the Milan giants and a deal worth £25m is being discussed.

Klopp would have to enter the market to replace Lovren

Lovren has been a quality member of the side and has always given it his all. Should he decide to leave for regular football, we have to sign a replacement. Liverpool had some defensive headaches, with fractures for Matip and Gomez last season, while Lovren also suffered a few injuries.

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The Reds cannot go into the season with only three senior centre-backs, and it will be interesting to see what actions are taken regarding Lovren in the summer.

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Dutch giants set £30m price-tag for 26-year-old sensation amidst Liverpool interest

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Ajax want £30m for Hakim Ziyech amidst Liverpool interest

De Telegraaf (h/t Mirror) claims that Eredivisie champions Ajax want just over £30m for star attacker Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan international was one of their best performers in an incredible campaign as they reached the Champions League semi-final.

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

The report adds that there could be a battle for the Moroccan as Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the attacker earlier.

Serie A side AS Roma have already bid for the 26-year-old while there is interest in Ziyech from Germany and Spain (h/t Mirror).

Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, added that Ziyech would leave in the summer, but the report claims that the Moroccan isn’t keen on any of the bids that the Dutch giants have received.

The 26-year-old scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for Ajax last season. Ziyech can play in several positions but his best performances came when he was deployed as a winger.

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

Liverpool could do with a versatile attacker

Ajax’s asking price isn’t too high given the performances of Ziyech last season, and he would make an excellent signing for the Reds. The Moroccan can provide cover for several positions and can take up the role of an attacking midfielder under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have a great team at the moment and a few quality additions could improve us further.

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Ziyech would not be a starter for the Reds, but he could be a game-changer off the bench in some of the tighter clashes.

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“Enjoy your break”, “We love you”: Several Liverpool fans shower praises on star man after a touchy end of season message

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Latest Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk posts incredible message as he plans for next season

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk capped off a brilliant season by winning the Champions League. The Dutch superstar did suffer heartbreak in the competition last season as we were beaten by Real Madrid.

The Reds were excellent in the Premier League too but missed out on the title by one point. Van Dijk was in the middle of all good things for the Reds as he helped us to the best defensive record in the league.

The 27-year-old also led the Netherlands to the Nations League final but lost to Portugal. Van Dijk posted an emotional message regarding the season where he claimed that winning the Champions League was a dream.

The Liverpool centre-back added that he is looking forward to more success with club and country, and thanked the fans for their support.

Van Dijk turns Liverpool around

The Dutch defender has been one of the best signings we have made in the Premier League era. His presence at the back has transformed our defence and the defender barely seems ruffled when the opposition attack.

Liverpool did not have a great defence during the first two years of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure but Van Dijk has made us incredibly difficult to break down.

The Dutchman doesn’t make mistakes at the back too, and he should be set for several great years at Anfield. As the defender goes away on a break, many Liverpool fans shared their love for the 27-year-old on Twitter.

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