Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 2-1 in Germany, TSG’s first home defeat since May 2016(!), and Jurgen Klopp had every reason to be satisfied with how his team did, despite some defensive problems.
If somebody told me we would win we would take any scoreline – even an 8-7 – so I am happy about the result. No, I’m not happy with the goal they scored, but I think they deserved the goal for their effort over the 90 minutes
the Liverpool manager told reporters after the game, which saw Trent Alexander-Arnold open the score with a wonderful free-kick, before Hoffenheim’s Havard Nordtveit inadvertently made it 2-0 for the Reds with an own goal. The hosts did get one back though, with a late Mark Uth strike.
They had their moments, especially when they changed a little bit their style of play, but we were very offensive on both wings, and that left Trent and Alberto (Moreno) alone. The result is okay. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result
Klopp repeated, knowing that his team have taken a major advantage ahead of the return leg at Anfield.
As for Alexander-Arnold, the German manager said “it took balls” for the youngster to take the free-kick, which led to his first ever Liverpool (first team) goal.