Roberto Firmino: Liverpool striker 'OK' after eye 'scare'

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

Graphic content: Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino's left eye was scratched during Saturday's game (Sunday NZ time) at Tottenham and he could miss the Champions League group-stage opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

The visitors continued to dominate the game and should have broken the deadlock in the 21st minute after Mohammed Salah found himself one-on-one with Michel Vorm, in goal in the absence of injured Hugo Lloris.

Saturday's trip to Wembley kicks off a potentially defining period for the Reds.

Mane, Salah and Firmino were so effective last season.

Such wasteful finishing set up late drama as Lamela pounced on slack set-piece defending before Mane escaped a penalty shout for an untidy challenge on Son Heung-min.

Speaking to reporters, Klopp said on his new £43million man: "I don't like to compare players but we had similar question about Robbo and Oxlade and I'm not sure if Sadio (Mane) played from the beginning, but I think he had a full pre-season".

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The Dutchman flapped at the corner that led to Liverpool's opener.

While competing for the ball, Jan Vertonghen caught the Brazilian with a trailing arm. They are always looking for solutions in the game and play as we do.

So far this was our best performance, so I like that development.

Liverpool are without a league title since 1990 and a domestic trophy since 2012, and Neville said that their pursuit of breaking this duck could be burdened by European commitments.

"I am not going to complain because after three victories it was all fantastic and now after two defeats it's not a disaster", Pochettino said. "I am not anxious I promise you. It was the moment where we could show that we are really convinced about what we are doing, we just had to do it more often and in a better way". "I completely trust my squad".

The Reds' next assignment is a Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, with both clubs boasting ideal records to date this season.

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