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Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

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Vera Richards | 16 August, 2017, 06:32

Hoffenheim, attempting to qualify for the group stage for the first time, had more possession but Liverpool were more threatening and went further ahead in the 77th minute.

"He only plays because he's good".

Gary Lineker singled out Trent Alexander-Arnold for praise after the Liverpool defender's superb goal in a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday night. Andrej Kramaric took the penalty only for Simon Mignolet to spoil his day as he punched the ball with both hands to keep the game goalless.

The Croatia worldwide added ahead of a Champions League play-off clash with Hoffenheim on Tuesday: "I can't say much about Coutinho as us players don't discuss that among each other".

Alexander-Arnold was born in West Derby, and looks the most likely Scouser to establish himself as a first-team regular at Anfield since Gerrard himself.

In a bright start by the visitors, Alexander-Arnold played a pass through to Mohamed Salah, who turned inside the area but was crowded out.

It's a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club and especially to mark it with a goal.

The second leg is at Anfield next Wednesday and Klopp and Co. will be hoping to have a healthy lead to take back to Merseyside with them.

"I know now people will say: 'Yes, but who wants to play in the Europa League?' Manchester United didn't want to play it a year ago but they won it and now they are in the Champions League".

"I got egged on to take the free kick". "We gambled a little too much on the wing - it was a little risky in the first half".

An aimless ball forward was headed into the air by Young Boys center back Kasim Nuhu, who compounded that clumsy touch by heading the ball for a second time, this time over goalkeeper David von Ballmoos and over the line.

The club opened the Premier League season with a 3-3 draw that highlighted failings within the Liverpool defence, that were again in evidence against Hoffenheim's similarly-styled pressing game.

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