Liverpool came away with a crucial 2-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim on Tuesday night.
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool
Champions League Play-Off First Leg, Rhein-Neckar-Arena
August 15, 2017
Goals: Uth 87′; Alexander-Arnold 35′, Nordtveit (OG) 74′,
Youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold produced an unforgettable moment when he eventually broke the deadlock shortly after the half-hour on his first European appearance for the club.
James Milner was introduced in the second half and he was instrumental in doubling Liverpool’s lead as it was his cross which deflected into the top corner by Havard Nordtveit.
Mark Uth grabbed a goal near the end for Hoffenheim but Liverpool held on to secure a crucial 2-0 victory.
Here are all the reactions from Liverpool supporters throughout the match…
Fans weren’t happy to see the same starting XI…
How's Wijnaldum starting again…
— AntonLFC (@AntonGBR) August 15, 2017
Same starting line-up as Saturday ? now I'm nervous #LFC
— Alan (@AlanLFC05) August 15, 2017
“I wonder how long it will take for Hoffenheim to score from a corner? It’s the same defence so it’s bound to happen!”
– John Hockenhull on Facebook.
Midfield 3 each need to be 100% better than on Saturday but confident that we'll have lots of opportunity for full gegenpressing tonight.
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) August 15, 2017
And it wasn’t a good start for Lovren as he gave away a penalty after five minutes…
So there's ONLY VVD out there better than #Lovren? ?
— Carl Woodward ? (@Carlos1376) August 15, 2017
“Jesus, five minutes in and Lovren is all over the shop again. It’s going to be a loooooooong night.”
– Peter Walshe on Facebook.peter>
10mins in lovren has nearly cost us 3 goals already….#prayforsakho
— Nathan Stalker (@VoiceofNathan) August 15, 2017
Occasionally I try and defend Lovren, but my god he's awful when he wants to be.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 15, 2017
Alexander-Arnold’s goal stunned fans…
Great goal from Arnold !! @LFC 1 Vs Hoffenheim 0
Loving the kid !! Tacking free-kicks and corners ??!!
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) August 15, 2017
Gonna be one of my favourite Liverpool goals that.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 15, 2017
Make him captain of everything
— charlie (@__charliethomas) August 15, 2017
Special goal from a special player
— Mark Peters #FBPE (@Pillsbury069) August 15, 2017
Cometh the half hour cometh the teenager… What a free-kick… #ScouseHeartbeat
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) August 15, 2017
But there was criticism for Moreno…
Last time we had Moreno starting in a big European game, I spent an entire month chugging window cleaner.
— Paul (@Kolology) August 15, 2017
“Moreno. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”
– SidLFC on the forums.
Alberto Moreno's biggest flaw: a lack of awareness.
— Mike (@MikeMongie) August 15, 2017
“Lovren and Moreno better thank Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matip for sparing their blushes.”
– Tonie Antonini on Facebook.
Liverpool held on to the victory though and fans were just relieved to grab a win…
Well done, LFC. Annoying to concede late on but two away goals should hold us in good stead at Anfield next week. ??
— Umarah (@_umara) August 15, 2017
Trent , Can , Mane and Mignolet outstanding. Same old problems with Moreno and Lovren all over the place but what a win #lfc
— baz c (@bc_1973lfc) August 15, 2017
We played well as a whole but every set piece or counter-attack our defence were in panic mode!”
– Tony Reid on Facebook.
Happy days. Two away goals. An away win. In a European tie. Take it to Anfield and finish the job. Well played reds #LFC
— Mat (unbearable)???????????? (@twellsym) August 15, 2017
Rode our luck at times but great result
— chris howorth (@Howorth71) August 15, 2017
“LUCKY” But away win is a win. Good. Defence still rubbish though.”
– PJ POP in the comments.
Delighted with that result.
2 away goals.
Bring on the 2nd leg. pic.twitter.com/p0qMZlFD2D
— Jason Roberts (@Ja5onRoberts) August 15, 2017
Not counting any chickens but I'll be provisionally booking some Champions League related annual leave tomorrow. Great result that.
— Jon Cook (@JonCook5) August 15, 2017
“TAA was by far our best player tonight. Hendo was shocking and Moreno was left for dust. The defence were all over the place but it’s the result which counts.”
– Matthew Wright on Facebook.
#LFC have ridiculous pace on the flanks with Salah/Trent Mane/Moreno. Just need to shore up the middle.
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) August 15, 2017
Winning away to Hoffenheim is no easy feat – went the whole of last season unbeaten at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Fine result.
— Caoimhín ? (@haIf_space) August 15, 2017
“Good result but Klopp has plenty of work to do.”
– Manic in the comments.
Terrific result tonight, Hoffenheim are tough at home and it shouldn't be underestimated how good it is to come away with the win.
— Andy Wales ?? (@AndyArmchair) August 15, 2017
Yes we were not at our best but still managed to beat a side that was unbeaten since the last game of 15/16 season. Klopp the man #LFC
— Umer Malik (@umer_akhlaq95) August 15, 2017
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