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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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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

Read more: “I was alive in the time of Mo Salah…” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Salah’s Bournemouth hat-trick

The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win

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James Milner

Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.

The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.

Speaking after the game, Wijnaldum was all praise for the Englishman, who play at right-back on Saturday (h/t Mirror):

“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.

“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”

James Milner

James Milner

The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.

“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”

The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.

The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.

“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.

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