Klopp won't admit Liverpool were sh*t - Hoffenheim boss

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Liverpool scored a second goal 13 minutes from time when James Milner's cross was deflected in by Hoffenheim substitute Havard Nordtveit.

The reds will bring a one goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoff next Wednesday. "We are here, in a good mood, looking forward to the game but aware of the qualities of the opposition and the difficulty of the game".

"But I also thought we played defensively really well...it was actually the plan to let them play in the spaces which are for us not that unsafe and not that interesting. It was good tonight, not ideal but good".

Liverpool will be favourites to secure their progression in the second leg but Julien Nageslmann's team are by no means completely out of the tie.

But the offensive ability that Jurgen Klopp's team displayed much of previous year was on full display.

"He has to say that and defend his team, he won't say 'Hoffenheim played so well and we were s...'", Nagelsmann said. "Still, it's another game at the end of the day and we have to try to get the job done as a team".

Having scored more goals from dead-ball situations than any other Bundesliga outfit last term, Hoffenheim were presumably licking their lips heading into Tuesday's clash.

Trent Alexander-Arnold didn't disappoint.

"It is always good to take a lead back to Anfield". I don't take credit for the free-kick because he takes them better than I ever could.

A long ball was cleared into the Young Boys half which Nuhu headed into the air.

Milner received the ball from Firmino and, with the help of a slight deflection, his cross/shot goes over the goalkeeper at the back post. 2-0.

Steaua Bucharest, reduced to ten men after Mihai Pintilii was sent off ten minutes from time, drew 0-0 at Sporting Lisbon.

Lovren tested Baumann with another header as the Reds grew stronger as the half wore on, and Salah was guilty of wasting an excellent chance when he failed to trouble Baumann with a close-range effort.

"I know him well, he's going to be a top, top player and Nathaniel Clyne has to be careful as Trent is already breathing down his neck".

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