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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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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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