Liverpool secured their place in the Champions League on Wednesday night after beating Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield, making the overall score 6-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool will return to the Champions League for the first time in three seasons after a thrilling 6-3 victory over Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
Having changed the side for the weekend’s win over Crystal Palace, Jürgen Klopp reverted to the XI that previously won at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena last week. Andy Robertson and Daniel Sturridge were both on the bench for the fixture.
The first half
The Reds wasted no time in showing their intent and both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané went close to opening the scoring in the first few moments of the game.
The opener came at 11 minutes, and it was no surprise as a brilliant tee-up from Mané took a deflection off Emre Can’s side-footed finish and found the back of the net.
The second was soon after, this time courtesy of Salah. Can’s intricate link-up with Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino was key and resulted in the latter teeing up Gini Wijnaldum for a shot onto the post that Salah touched in.
Then it was dreamland. Firmino’s stand-up to the back post was met emphatically by Can who made it 3-0 in just 21 minutes. The Reds were ready for Europe.
Julian Nagelsmann had smoke coming out of his ears, nose and every other hole in his body, and responded to the onslaught by sending on Mark Uth, who did manage to pull one back moments later.
The second half
The Reds had a comfortable lead in the break and were happy to sit deep and hit on the break, and they did exactly that at frightening pace.
A counter ended in Wijnaldum blasting over after a one-two with Salah, while Mané saw a left-foot strike well parried in similar circumstances shortly after. They eventually got it right though, with Henderson capitalising on a loose back pass and teeing up Firmino for a pass into the net.
Hoffenheim were not giving up without a fight though, and managed to grab a consolation goal courtesy of Sandro Wagner in front of the Anfield Road end, but nothing could take the shine off a comfortable victory for Liverpool that put them back where they belong – among Europe’s elite.
The Kop was roaring, Annie Road, the King Kenny stand and even the Main Stand were loud and proud last night. Voices were lost, friends were made and victory was ours.
The Champions League draw saw the Reds in Group E with Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and NK Maribor and the fixtures have been released. Liverpool will start their CL campaign with a home game against Sevilla on September 13th.