Daniel Sturridge is back amongst the goals, James Milner continues to defy the ageing process and Roberto Firmino can see again! All three players helped Liverpool record a famous 3-2 Champions League win over PSG last night but Jurgen Klopp should take a moment to thank Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford as well.
In the affable German’s debut season, The Reds suffered humbling defeats to all three of the aforementioned teams and gave Klopp and early taste of The Premier League’s strength and depth. He adapted, as too did Liverpool.
A lack of opposition of that calibre – let alone the likes of Man City – is precisely why PSG’s owners have failed to turn their billion Euro investment into a serious assault on the Champions League. The French champions are so far ahead of anyone else in Ligue 1, it’s an almost impossible ask for anyone to test them sufficiently ahead of any high-profile continental tie.
PSG’s signing of Kylian Mbappe from domestic rivals Monaco, killed off any hope that Ligue 1 may still be a level playing field. Ironically, their own hopes of winning Europe’s premier competition probably died that day too.