Liverpool ace Sadio Mane reveals the text message he sent to convince Roberto Firmino to play against PSG

Substitute Firmino netted an injury-time winner for the Reds in a five-goal thriller as they kicked off their European campaign in the perfect vain.


However, it was unclear whether the Brazilian would be able to take any part in the huge clash though, after being forced off in the Reds’ 2-1 win against Tottenham on Saturday.

The striker was poked in the eye by Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen and subsequently missed training on Monday.

The forward trio of Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah linked up to devastating effect last season, with the Reds unstoppable on many occasions.

And former Southampton ace Mane admits he was desperate for the three of them to be let loose on the French giants from the outset – so took things into his own hands.

He said: “I think Bobby doesn’t need his eye to play so I told him.

“I sent him a message on Monday saying, ‘Hey Bobby, come on, we need you’.

“You’ve all seen the ‘no look’ goals – so I think he doesn’t need his eye to play.

“I texted him saying, ‘You don’t need your eye’.”

The result was a huge signal of intent from Jurgen Klopp’s men, who will be bidding to go one step further than last year – where they lost to Real Madrid in the final.

He added: “It’s a great start for us.

“It is too early to speak about anything, but it is very important for us to focus more because we are Liverpool, we are a stronger team, and we will try to do our best every game.

“I think it’s a big result, honestly.

“It is very important for us to keep going on our good run.

“It was not an easy game because PSG are one of the best teams in the world, but we played very well and deserved to win.”

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