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Liverpool run riot in the first-half of their Champions League tie to go within touching distance of the group stage

It's all going to plan for Jurgen Klopp's side

This Champions League malarkey is pretty easy, isn’t it?

It’s been three years since we last saw Liverpool in the group stages of Europe’s premier competition.

And bar a major hiccup in the second-half of this evening’s game against Hoffenheim, we’ll be seeing the Reds enter the next round of this season’s competition.

It’s all going to plan for Mane and co.

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It’s all going to plan for Mane and co.

Having won the first-leg of their qualifying tie 2-1, which featured a terrific free-kick from youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool have run riot in the opening 45 minutes of the second-leg at Anfield.


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Playing an extremely high-line that’s putting plenty of pressure on the German side, the Reds hit three goals in just under 21 minutes, with Sadio Mane the catalyst in Liverpool’s attack.

They’ve certainly made Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann eat his words…

Awkward. 

It was that man Mane who set-up Emre Can for the Reds opener with a lovely back hell, before Mohamed Salah slotted home when Georginio Wijnaldum’s strike hit the post.

Can then grabbed Liverpool’s third after some smart play on the far post.

But with the Reds terrific attack comes their dodgy defence, and it was only a matter of time before Hoffenheim exposed Liverpool’s usual frailties at the back.

And it came from a fairly familiar Dejan Lovren mistake coupled by Alberto Moreno being caught out of position, with striker Mark Uth slotting the ball neatly past Simon Mignolet to make things interesting.

We couldn’t say it better ourselves.


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