Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Liverpool one leg into Champions League group stage after win over Hoffenheim

It was indeed a special night for 18 year old Liverpool right back, Trent Alexander-Arnold as he made his champions league debut scoring his first Liverpool goal with a wonderful freekick which set the English team on their way to a 2-1 Champions League play-off round victory away at Hoffenheim in Tuesday's first leg match.
 
Liverpool, without brazillian star Philippe Coutinho, had it very difficult against a Hoffehiem side unbeaten in 17 games at home.

With a jittery performance and a penalty saved by Mignolet in the early stage, Liverpool dug deep and got inspiration from an unlikely source.

Liverpool broke through Sadio Mane, who went past two defenders before being brought down.

Then shockingly stepped up 18 year old right-back Alexander-Arnold who bent in the freekick with the goalkeeper rooted to his spot.

Liverpool got the second through a controversial fashion.

Mane was fouled and Liverpool's Wijnaldum followed up with a quick freekick while the ball was still rolling, the ball was squared up to James Milner down the left whose attempted cross was deflected in off defender Havard Nordtveit to make it 2 nil.

Substitute Mark Uth pulled on back for the hosts in the 87th minute with a half volley to make it 2-1.

A result Liverpool take to Anfield next week knowing they fully well that focus must not be lost.

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