Aug 15, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Rhein-Neckar-Arena
Attendance: 25,568
Hoffenheim
1-2
Liverpool
Uth (87')
Bicakcic (34'), Hubner (76')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Alexander-Arnold (35'), Nordtveit (74' og.)
Can (52'), Alexander-Arnold (55')

Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool win in Hoffenheim is okay'

Klopp
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Jurgen Klopp is nonplussed over Liverpool's 2-1 win at Hoffenheim, describing the result as "okay", but is looking forward to the Champions League playoff return leg.

Jurgen Klopp has described Liverpool's 2-1 win at Hoffenheim in their Champions League playoff first leg in Germany as "okay" and is looking forward to the return leg at Anfield.

The Reds took the lead 35 minutes in at the Rhein-Neckar Arena through Trent Alexander-Arnold's free kick before James Milner's effort was turned by Havard Nordtveit into his own net.

However, Liverpool had Simon Mignolet to thank for a first-half penalty save, while Mark Uth struck in the 87th minute to give the hosts a boost ahead of next Wednesday's second leg on Merseyside.

Klopp told BT Sport: "Hoffenheim had a specific plan to play. We gambled a little too much on the wing, it was a little dangerous in the first half, but as always when we play football, we found spaces in-between and created wonderful chances.

"The result is okay. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result. We need Anfield, what an intense game for both sides. I am looking forward to a European night at Anfield. Only the person who does not know about Hoffenheim can be surprised by this."

The Reds remain unbeaten in their nine away Champions League qualifying matches, with seven wins and two draws.

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