Jurgen Klopp should be delighted with his team’s performance following a dominant 4-1 win and securing a spot in the Champions League.
The Reds from Anfield started the game strong as everyone expected. Klopp’s men pressed Hoffenheim deep in their own half and were quick on the ball whenever organizing their attacks.
1-0, 10’ – The first goal in the game came with a bit of luck for Liverpool. Sadio Mane with a smart back heel pass gave it to rampaging Emre Can, who shot the ball and a lucky deflection left Oliver Baumann helpless.
2-0, 18’ – Mohamed Salah got his name on the score sheet. Firminho sent it back to Wijnaldum, whose shot hit the crossbard, but the ball went directly to Salah who was accurate on the follow-up and doubled the Reds’ lead.
3-0, 21’ – A brilliant attack by Klopp’s men ended with yet another goal for Liverpool. Mane was given a lot of space as he made use of his pace and got himself in a great position, he then passed it to Firminho with another back heel as the Brazilian chipped the ball towards Can who perfect on the finish.
3-1, 28′ – Following a childish mistake by Lovren, Mark Uth got the ball in a good position as he scored one back, leaving a tiny bit of hope within the Hoffenheim fans as their team went into the dressing rooms after the second half with an aggregate score of 5-2 in Liverpool’s favour.
The German club looked completely different in the second half as they simply could not keep up the pace from the first one, looking not nearly as sharp and dangerous as they did in the starting 45 minutes of the game.
4-1, 64’ – A huge mistake by Kevin Vogt left Henderson in a great position alone against the goalkeeper. The Reds skipper was not selfish in the situation as he saw rampaging Firmino and passed it to him, with the Brazilian sending the ball into the back of the net.
4-2, 78’ – After securing their win, the Reds slowed the pace down and did not have the initiative in the game. Hoffenheim were quick to punish through Sandro Wagner who won the aerial duel with Lovren and headed the ball into the back of the net.
In the final minutes of the game both teams simply waited out the timer as the Reds were sure they would go through the qualifying stage while it was way too late for the Germans to get back into the game as the match ended with a final score of 4-2 and 6-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool staring line-up: Simon Mignolet; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno; Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Hoffenheim starting line-up: Oliver Baumann, Pavel Kaderabek, Haavard Nordtveit, Kevin Vogt, Benjamin Huebner, Steven Zuber, Andrej Kramaric, Dennis Geiger, Kerem Demirbay, Serge Gnarby, Sandro Wagner
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