Sadio Mane has revealed he text Roberto Firmino ahead of the Champions League tie (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has revealed he sent Roberto Firmino a text message ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain urging the Brazilian to make himself available.
Striker Firmino did not train with his Liverpool team-mates on Monday after suffering a horrific eye injury during Saturday’s Premier League victory over Tottenham.
Jan Vertonghen unintentionally poked Firmino in the eye and, while there was no long-term damage, he required hospital treatment and was named on the bench for the match against PSG.
The French giants appeared to secure a draw after they came back from two goals down to level at 2-2, but Firmino came from off the bench to score an injury-time winner.
‘I think Bobby doesn’t need his eye to play so I told him,’ Senegal sensation Mane said.
‘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!”.’
Liverpool are yet to drop a point in the Premier League this season and made a fine start to their Champions League campaign by scoring two first-half goals against PSG.
First, England international Daniel Sturridge headed the Reds in front from Andrew Robertson’s inviting cross, before James Milner slotted home from the penalty spot.
Thomas Meunier pulled a goal back for the visitors before half-time and Kylian Mbappe looked to have secured a point when he beat Alisson with a late strike.
But Firmino settled the affair with a fine individual goal in injury-time and Mane hailed Liverpool’s performance.
‘I think it’s a big result honestly. It is very important for us to keep going on our good run,’ he added.
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‘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.
‘I think it is about desire and belief, it is what we try to do. We have quality in the team and the team is mentally free to go forward and believe it until the end.
‘It is what we tried and finally we scored the third goal, which was very important for the team.’
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