Red-Hot Liverpool Eye History Against Southampton

Arnold Nichols
September 21, 2018

"But having worked with him and when you see him at close hand, on a day-to-day basis, then you understand exactly what type of player they actually are".

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino struck a stoppage time victor as the Merseyside club beat PSG 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group C clash on Tuesday.

Top scorer with three goals in his last four matches, Ings' absence is a major blow for a team that has struggled for cutting edge over the last couple of seasons. They were so in the game, and while we had to fight a lot we also played football.

"They are in a very good place at the minute". We needed all of our focus and we covered a lot of yards and closed all of the gaps. That is the question Julen Lopetegui must ask himself as the new Real Madrid coach attempts to add a fourth Champions League in a row to the Bernabeu trophy cabinet.

Klopp opted to start Sturridge at Anfield with Firmino having suffered an eye injury during Saturday's win at Tottenham.

Sturridge was making his first Champions League start since March 2012, with Firmino only deemed fit enough for the bench after missing training due to an eye injury.

And Neymar regularly failed to track runs from Trent Alexander-Arnold, with one such foray from the Liverpool right-back contributing to Daniel Sturridge's headed opener.

"He looked lighter and fresher in pre-season".

"Maybe the score didn't tell the story of the game", Tuchel said.

"It's just whether he can maintain his form and stay fit".

The Southampton manager believes Liverpool's start proves they can challenge for the Premier League title this season. "If he stays fit, they've got another striker who two or three years ago we were talking about being absolutely world class, nearly winning the title". But when it comes down to it, I feel as if Klopp will put the best teams out in the Premier League.

Southampton had a mixed time of it against Brighton & Hove Albion last Monday, dominating the first half and earning a two-goal lead before blowing it to draw 2-2.

"Liverpool winning the league should be a priority and while it's a big ask, winning the Champions League on top of that is incredibly hard to do".

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