Liverpool’s qualification bid to return to Europe’s elite found them in Germany for the second time this month.
Bundesliga upstarts TSG 1899 Hoffenheim challenged the Reds with possibly their most difficult path back to the Champions League. Yet, Liverpool left the Rhein-Neckar Arena with the much needed win and a 1-2 result.
It could have all gone terribly wrong for the visitors as the home side jumped into the contest straight away. Liverpool are already repeating the unfortunate habit of slow starts. Hoffenheim were only too eager to press their advantage in front of their sold-out home crowd.
Liverpool started the same eleven from the weekend, leaving less mystery. The Bundesliga club attacked Liverpool’s left side aggressively and nearly broke through early after earning a penalty but failed to capitalize. Then Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped forward and seized a moment to remember with his free-kick finish. Liverpool went 2-0 up through an own goal and looked set for the perfect result until a late goal from the home side kept them in the tie.
Here are four findings from the match: