Jurgen Klopp: 'Daniel Sturridge was everywhere for Liverpool'

Heather Diaz
September 22, 2018

"Every year you start new and in sports - if you want to go far - you have to get the experience you can to do a special thing". Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said he was convinced Firmino would play no part until hours before the game.

Yet it was agonising for PSG, who had looked buried in the first half but showed character to claw themselves back on level terms.

In the best game on the opening week of the Champions League, Liverpool host Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield.

Andrew Robertson is one of the best full-backs in the world right now.

Now Klopp will be hoping he outshines Mbappe, the man who could have been lining up alongside him tonight.

Barca ran away with the game in the second half, with Ousmane Dembele scoring a stunner before Messi added two more to complete his eighth Champions League hat-trick, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo, and seal a 4-0 win.

Salah, for example, is not looking 100% at the moment - he appeared exhausted in the last 20-25 minutes against PSG.

Sturridge was making his first start of the season and his first in the Champions League for six years.

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The youngster was lively on both sides of the pitch and looked threatening on the flanks because of his ability to put good crosses inside the penalty box.

Liverpool made two changes against PSG from Saturday's win over Tottenham.

"We've got a tough few games coming up - Chelsea, who have a 100 percent record, and Southampton at the weekend". They look like a Hollywood team.

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were superb at full-back once again, Jordan Henderson silenced his critics, Daniel Sturridge proved a point with a brilliantly taken header.

"I think Bobby doesn't need his eye to play so I told him", said the Senegal global after the thrilling 3-2 win over PSG. "That's a big club's mentality".

I heard him speaking over the summer about how, when he went to West Brom, he realised what he was leaving behind. Keita enables Liverpool to transition more quickly into defense, while the arrival of a world-class goalkeeper in Alisson and Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho also helps them defensively.

Sturridge was not the only Liverpool player to impress me, but Klopp had more than just individual performances to be pleased about.

However, Roberto Firmino - emerging from the bench following his eye injury - struck in stoppage time to seal a thrilling 3-2 triumph. Why can Liverpool put their players into line and not here?

And that's what we've done by beating both of them [PSG and Spurs].

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