“I thank God that nothing serious happened to my eye”, he told ESPN Brazil.
The Reds snatched a stoppage time victor at a raucous Anfield to start their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 win over Ligue 1 champions PSG in their Group C clash on Tuesday night.
This season, they’ve started with an impressive consistency, beating West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester to go into the global break with maximum points. The Parisians got on the board just before halftime through left-back Thomas Meunier.
Kylian Mbappe equalised with a fine finish in the 83rd minute to break Anfield hearts.
But Roberto Firmino, a second-half substitute, had some plans of his own as the Brazilian latched home a stoppage-time victor to guide Liverpool to a famous victory.
Klopp gave him a big hug before he sat down, and in the media conference afterwards praised his work-rate and said he is in the best shape he has seen him in.
The Brazillian was forced to come off the pitch after receiving what looked like a nasty poke in the eye from Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen on Saturday.
“We were in trouble in the first half, but we showed character and scored”. The way Tuesday’s game played out, though, suggests he is still searching for the formula. “But he makes the extraordinary routine”, said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, whose side had Samuel Umtiti sent off late on.
It’s likely that Tuchel will opt for the tried and tested 4-3-3 formation to match Liverpool’s set up instead of the 5-2-3-1 formation that the German has been sampling so far in Ligue 1. Gaining the Premier League title will be tough, but all the pieces are in place for a serious Liverpool challenge in 2018/19.
“It was clear that Hendo would come back and what a brilliant performance from him”.
“We played a midfield who played a lot of times last season together, that was the reason for that performance”.
Dortmund’s bitter rivals Schalke started off with a 1-1 draw against FC Porto in an eventful Group D encounter.
Shearer was impressed with what he saw from Liverpool’s attack during the Champions League game.