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UCL PLAY-OFF: Klopp upbeat after Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in 1st leg

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UCL PLAY-OFF: Klopp upbeat after Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in 1st leg

After grabbing an away win at Hoffenheim, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is looking forward to a thrilling showdown when they play at home next week.

The Reds will take a one-goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim after beating the German side 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Alexander-Arnold netted a brilliant freekick that found the bottom corner of the goal post in the 35th minute to put Liverpool ahead, before a significant deflection from the chest of Havard Nordtveit doubled their lead.

But Mark Uth pulled one back for the hosts 3 minutes before stoppage time as they go into the second leg trailing.

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“The result is OK. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result,” Klopp said after the game.

“We need Anfield, what an intense game for both sides. I am looking forward to a European night at Anfield.”

The result means that Liverpool remain unbeaten in their nine away Champions League qualifying matches, with seven wins and two draws.

They will now look to seal a return to the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2014 when they host the reverse fixture at Anfield next Wednesday.

 

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