Liverpool took a step toward the Champions League group stages with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in the first leg of the tournament playoffs Tuesday night.
After a lively start, Hoffenheim spurned the chance to open the scoring when Simon Mignolet saved Andrej Kramaric’s penalty at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
And it was the Reds who broke the deadlock when Trent Alexander-Arnold grabbed his first ever goal for the club with a sensational long-range free kick on 35 minutes.
In a keenly-fought game, James Milner came off the bench to net Liverpool’s second tally, finding the top corner via a deflection off Havard Nordtveit.
However, with full-time approaching, Mark Uth’s drive pulled a goal back for Hoffenheim to give the Bundesliga side something to cheer ahead of the return meeting at Anfield next week.
Thumbnail photo via LiverpoolFC.com
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