Liverpool Wins In Germany, CSKA Shocks The Fans In Zurich

Julian Nagelsmann insists Hoffenheim can cause a shock against Liverpool on Tuesday

Julian Nagelsmann insists Hoffenheim can cause a shock against Liverpool on Tuesday

However, Hoffenheim did have chances throughout and pulled one back three minutes from time through Mark Uth. The goal was not the only impressive thing about the teenager's performance, though: the Liverpool academy graduate looked defensively assured and also provided a threat going forward in what was a well-rounded display. A poor result on the weekend certainly did not help his case, but it was mainly down to the fact that all of last season's 38 Premier League games came down to the two legs to gain a spot in the group stage in the Champions League.

The Reds eventually got their second with 16 minutes remaining as James Milner cut in from out wide to receive Firmino's through-ball before angling his shot into the top corner of the far-post via a deflection off Havard Nordtveit, who was credited with an own goal.

The victor over two legs will qualify for the group stage, which Liverpool have not appeared in since 2014. "I have had conversations with Phil, it is private, (but) I don't think I can influence the situation".

LIVERPOOL proved they can defend as well as attack as they put one foot in the Champions League proper with last night's win in Hoffenheim.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp lavished praise on the teenager, whose deftly-struck free-kick wrong-footed the Hoffenheim defence to give Liverpool the lead on 35 minutes.

But had Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho been fit, Alexander-Arnold probably wouldn't even have taken the free-kick.

"We're at home first, and we have to try to win both games", Gnabry told kicker magazine after making his competitive debut for Hoffenheim in the DFB Cup first-round win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt on Saturday.

A long ball was cleared into the Young Boys half which Nuhu headed into the air.

The Ghanaian then tried to head the ball back to goalkeeper David Von Ballmoos but instead it flew over the stranded keeper and bounced agonisingly inside the post and into the net as he tried desperately to claw it away.

"We were courageous, but we were a bit too open in the second half and risked too much. Trent is a great player and I have to say I'd rather win 2-1 than 1-0". Steaua Bucharest, reduced to ten men after Mihai Pintilii was sent off ten minutes from time, drew 0-0 at Sporting Lisbon.

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