mané reveals how he persuaded firmino to play against psg

17:18    19 Sep 2018

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mané has revealed how he urged Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino to play for the Reds against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.

The Brazilian scored the winner in second-half stoppage time on another memorable night of football at Anfield, but was a huge doubt for the clash after he had suffered an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye after a clash with Jan Vertonghen on the weekend.

Mané - with help from the club's medical team - though did enough for Firmino to start on the bench and he duly came up with the goods to seal a 3-2 win.

"I think Bobby doesn't need his eye to play so I told him," Mané told reporters after the game. "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'."

Furthermore, the Senegal international believes that the Reds were well worth the win as they aim to go one step further this season - after losing in the final to Real Madrid but a few months ago.

"I think it's a big result (against PSG) honestly. It is very important for us to keep going on our good run," Mané is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"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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