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What PSG boss Tuchel said about Anfield 'should be written on tunnel wall' at Liverpool

By Gareth Hanna

Thomas Tuchel has had it rough at Anfield.

The PSG boss had to watch as Roberto Firmino, having just overcome an eye injury overnight, climbed off the bench to waltz his way round the visiting defence and slot home an injury-time winner on Tuesday evening. It was almost as if the Reds had been teasing their French opposition and pulled the sucker punch at will.

It was particularly cruel on a manager who is becoming used to late heartache on Merseyside.

He was, of course, in charge of Borussia Dortmund when Liverpool pulled off one of the all-time great European comebacks to secure a Europa League semi-final spot back in 2016.

Back then, it was Dejan Lovren who notched the all-important winner, that after Dortmund had looked home and dry, leading 4-2 on aggregate and with the away goal advantage with only 25 minutes to play.

Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Lovren, however, made sure the Reds squeaked through by a solitary goal.

On Tuesday evening, Kylian Mbappe's 83rd minute goal looked to have secured a largely undeserved 2-2 draw for PSG.

So what happened?

"This is Anfield, this is what they do," said a crestfallen Tuchel, much to the pleasure of the proud Kopites.

Tuchel went on to question the justice of the result.

"Maybe the score didn't tell the story of the game," he said. "Right at the end, we had the chance with Julian Draxler that could have won it before Liverpool scored.

"We put in a great performance in the first half. For me, the result was not logical or correct. We conceded two goals in the first half but never at any point did we lose our confidence.

"We played with a lot of bravery and mental strength. Maybe in the second half we gave the ball away too easily but this is Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has worked with his team for three years, Liverpool press you and make it hard. But we never lost our shape.

"Through our efforts we managed to get the equalising goal. But the end was very, very tough."

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