Report: Reds secure first-leg lead over Hoffenheim in CL play-off

15th August 2017

Liverpool took a step towards the Champions League group stages with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in the first leg of the tournament play-offs on Tuesday night.

After a lively start, achtzehn99 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 did break 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 contest, James Milner came off the bench to net Liverpool’s second, finding the top corner via a deflection off Havard Nordtveit.

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Alves nets twice as U23s lose Denmark friendly


15th August 2017

Paulo Alves scored twice as Liverpool U23s lost 4-2 away to FC Nordsjælland in a friendly encounter on Tuesday night.

The Danish Premier League outfit proved to be a strong side and they raced into a 3-1 lead halfway through the second half.

The players then had to leave the field after a thunder and lightning storm, but after a 15 minute break, the game resumed and two further goals were scored as Neil Critchley’s side lost 4-2.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Hoffenheim

15th August 2017

Liverpool name an unchanged line-up for tonight’s Champions League play-off, first-leg clash with Hoffenheim in Germany.

The Reds have elected to go with the same team that was deployed at Watford on Saturday for the game at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Klavan, Gomez, Milner, Grujic, Solanke, Origi

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Roberto Firmino says it would be ‘awful’ to lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

Firmino concentrating on silverware with the Reds despite speculation over Coutinho’s future

  • 10:41, 15 AUG 2017
  • Updated10:45, 15 AUG 2017

Roberto Firmino says it would be “awful” if Liverpool lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona as he set his sights on making history at Anfield.

The Brazil international wants his close friend to stay put and help Jurgen Klopp’s men achieve success this season in the build up to next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

“I prefer to not think of this (Coutinho leaving) because it would be awful. He’s a great player but also a great friend to me,” Firmino said.

“It is normal that great teams are interested in his football but my concentration is now on the team.

“My objective is to win cups with Liverpool so I can enter the history of this club.

“This season is a special season because it is World Cup season. From childhood, I had the dream to play the World Cup.

“To be selected to the World Cup, I need to have my best season with Liverpool. Tite is a coach who rewards hard work at clubs.”

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Support the U23s against Sunderland at Prenton Park on Sunday


Liverpool U23s host Sunderland in their first Premier League 2 home game of 2017-18 at at Prenton Park on Sunday – and fans can come and support the young Reds, with tickets on sale at the stadium.

Kick-off is at 2pm BST as Neil Critchley’s side hope to build on an excellent opening-day victory at Swansea City.

Admission on the gate on the day is just £3 for adults and £1 for children and concessions.

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U23s to face FC Nordsjælland in Denmark


Liverpool U23s will take on FC Nordsjælland in a pre-season friendly in Denmark on Tuesday evening.

Neil Critchley’s side were delighted to accept the invitation to face the Danish Premier League team, and the game will take place at the Horne Stadium in Faaborg.

Kick-off will be at 6.30pm local time.

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‘They are a chameleon’ – Raphael Honigstein on Hoffenheim

Raphael Honigstein has explained the challenge awaiting Liverpool against Hoffenheim – who he describes as a ‘chameleon’ because of the flexible nature of their game.

The two teams clash for the first time in history in the opening leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off at Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Tuesday night.

For an expert take on the Bundesliga side and their incredible ascent from a humble provincial club to European competition, we spoke to German football expert Honigstein…

Tell us about the history of Hoffenheim and their climb through the leagues…

It’s not disrespectful to call Hoffenheim a village team. They hail from a village and they effectively came into existence in the form we know today only at the turn of the century, when a local benefactor, Dietmar Hopp – a very wealthy man – decided to invest heavily and made it a point to see how far he could take them, all the way from the lowest divisions of German football to the Bundesliga, which he achieved when they went up in 2008. It’s a real testament to the way they have spent their money and been really clever, signing the right people in the background. On the pitch, within 10 years they have made it all the way to the Champions League.

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