Liverpool – Paris Saint-Germain: With the big stars neutralized, the superior team won in five-goal thriller (3-2)

A late Roberto Firmino goal sends Liverpool to the top of group C with a 3-2 win in a game they dominated against a PSG side that is still far from their peak.

The thirteenth game between Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel - and the first clash in the Champions League’s history between German managers without German teams involved - was won by Klopp, beating Tuchel for the ninth time, including three times with very late winners.

The two teams got to this game without dropping a single point thus far this season, but with very different vibes surrounding them. Liverpool are on the back of a trophyless yet positive season, thanks in no small part to their impressive Champions League campaign. They moved very well during the transfer window - including finally signing a top-class goalkeeper in Alisson Becker, and strengthening the midfield depth with Leipzig phenom Naby Keïta and Monaco anchor Fabinho - and looked very solid in the first games of the season, threatening to be even better than last season.

Paris Saint-Germain are on the back of a treble-winning yet somewhat disappointing season, because of another round of 16 exit in the Champions League. They had an underwhelming transfer window by their lofty standard, and have looked unimpressive at times against inferior opposition in Ligue 1. Optimism surrounds Liverpool; PSG’s season will be judged by whether or not they deliver in the Champions League.

Liverpool, still without Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, both injured, started with Daniel Sturridge in Roberto Firmino’s position. The Brazilian started on the bench following his eye injury, a result of Jan Vertonghen taking the threat of Firmino’s “great vision” too literally. The only other change from

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Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante (segundovolante.com). You can find him watching, and perhaps writing about, all kinds of football: more likely to watch an Europa League qualifier in the summer than friendlies, only to then complain about the quality of the game. He abandons reason when it comes to believing FC Famalicão will play European football in his lifetime. [ View all posts ]

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