Liverpool left it late but showed Paris Saint-Germain have plenty of work to do if they are to challenge for a first-ever Champions League title as Roberto Firmino struck in stoppage time to seal a 3-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday.
Despite the late drama, victory was well deserved for last season’s finalists who dominated throughout and bounced back from blowing a 2-0 first-half lead to take the early advantage in Group C.
Daniel Sturridge and a James Milner penalty put the hosts in command before Thomas Meunier reduced PSG’s arrears.
Having kept Kylian Mbappe and the world’s most expensive player Neymar quiet for almost the entire match, Liverpool seemed set to pay a heavy price for one poor pass by Mohamed Salah as Mbappe swept home seven minutes from time in front of a stunned Kop.
But Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury suffered against Tottenham on Saturday, had the final say as he twisted and turned before firing into the far corner to stretch Liverpool’s perfect start to the season to six games.
Salah scored 44 goals in a stunning debut campaign last season, but has failed to match that form since injuring his shoulder in May’s Champions League final, and after he and Sadio Mane were accused of being too selfish in their quest for goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, he struggled for his best again on Tuesday.
So far Liverpool haven’t paid for Salah’s slump in form as victory extended their perfect start to the season to six straight wins.
PSG crumbled on their Champions League travels to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the past two seasons and their ability to challenge for the competition was again questioned as they struggled to contain Liverpool’s greater speed and power in midfield.