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Summary

  1. Live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and online
  2. Uth strike gives Hoffenheim hope for second leg
  3. Milner cross loops in off Nordtveit deflection after Alexander-Arnold scores free-kick
  4. Mignolet saves Kramaric penalty after Lovren foul on Gnabry
  5. Second leg on Weds, 23 August - winner reaches group stage
  6. Get involved #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Everyone loves European football under the lights at Anfield. The second leg takes place next Wednesday at 19:45 BST.

Tomorrow it's Celtic's turn to take a first step towards sealing a place in the Champions League group stages. They host FC Astana at 19:45 BST.

'Maybe we'll grow wings and fly'

Hoffenheim's head of international relations and scouting Lutz Pfannenstiel has been reacting on 5 live.

"We've played against Bayern and Borussia Dortmund and now to go to Anfield it is something new for our players.

"Maybe they will be nervous or maybe they will grow wings and fly. It was a cracking goal and it keeps us alive. We showed we can play decent football and Liverpool showed they can kill you with two or three key movements."

Reds run continues - the stats

  • The Reds remain unbeaten in their nine away Champions League qualifying matches, with seven wins and two draws.
  • Simon Mignolet’s early penalty save was his fourth from his last seven penalties faced in all competitions – in total he’s saved 35% of the penalties he’s faced since joining Liverpool (7/20).
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goal was his first for Liverpool, in his ninth start in all competitions.
  • This was Hoffenheim’s first home defeat in any competition since the closing day of the 2015-16 Bundesliga season (1-4 vs Schalke).
  • Liverpool scored more than once for the first time in their last nine European away games, since a 2-2 draw against Ludogorets Razgrad in the 2014-15 Champions League.
  • Mark Uth’s strike was Hoffenheim’s first ever goal in European competition.

'An OK result'

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to 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 OK. 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."

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool made better chances. Hoffenheim missed that penalty which was an absolutely pathetic penalty miss. Liverpool will always give you chances and I think every team will look at them and think 'we can beat them'.

If you look at Matip and Lovren they're not great organisers. They rarely communicate.

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Great bit of nostalgia. The Hoffenheim boss was only five years old!

'Dream to score for boyhood club'

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool's free-kick goalscorer Trent Alexander-Arnold on BT Sport: "It's a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club and especially to mark it with a goal. We're disappointed with the late goal but it's good to take a lead back to Anfield.

"I got egged on to take the free-kick. I had the confidence to finally take it. We know it won't be an easy game but we have strategies to beat them."

'He does it all the time in training!'

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

More from Jordan Henderson: "Trent is brilliant. He was outstanding last season and he has come back and gone up a level in pre-season.

"The free-kick is no coincidence he has been doing them every day in training, that is why he is on them."

'We looked dangerous'

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson on BT Sport: "We're disappointed with the goal we conceded but overall we have to be pleased with the result and how we played at times, we looked dangerous on the attack.

"We knew this would be a tough game, Hoffenheim are a very strong team. Si made a great save from the penalty but then we grew in confidence."

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Jbin Matthew George: Scrappy win. Not convinced by Salah though. Quick yes, but his touches, especially with his weaker foot need a lot of work.

Toria: Bit frustrating not to keep a clean sheet but so relieved and 2-1 is something we can work with.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

Liverpool were the better side and they could have put the game to bed. Hoffenheim will think they have a chance though.

I'd be very shocked if Liverpool didn't win and go through.

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Javel Bleach: Score should be 5-3 to Hoff. Easiest opponent #Liverpool will have in Europe this season, assuming they finish the job.

Andrew Ogley: Ok ... sell Coutinho for as much as we can get and buy a new defence ... this has been awful to watch

FULL-TIME

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

That's it. Liverpool take the win and the two away goals.

It was nervy at the end, but that's a great result for Jurgen Klopp's side.

The late goal for Hoffenheim, meanwhile, keeps them just about it in it.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool
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CLOSE!

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Oh massive chance!

Kerem Demirbay's deliver is pinpoint and Benjamin Hubner rises unchallenged inside the box. It's a free header, six yards from goal but he plants it high over the bar.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Four minutes go up on the fourth official's board and the home fans roar encouragement for their players.

A free-kick now for Hoffenheim...

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Hoffenheim are pressing now.

Liverpool have a couple of away goals but to concede another would be hugely frustrating. The Reds have three minutes to keep their concentration.

Meanwhile , Marko Grujic is on for Sadio Mane for Liverpool.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

It's from the diagonal ball. It's usually Moreno that's been caught out by the diagonal ball but this time it was Alexander-Arnold.

GOAL - Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Mark Uth

Hoffenheim grab a potentially crucial goal as Liverpool switch off at the back,.

Dejan Lovren plays Mark Uth onside as a long ball from the back is sent into the area and Uth chests it down before sweeping into the far post.

Mark Uth
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Great photo by Jamie Carragher.

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SUBSTITUTION

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

A change for Liverpool as young striker Dominic Solanke replaces Roberto Firmino for the final six minutes.

Solanke was in great form during pre-season bagging a couple of goals, and has been tipped to make a big impression this term by Jamie Redknapp.

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

Liverpool have found it hard with the diagonal ball at times from Hoffenheim, especially coming over on to Moreno's side.

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

Great save by Simon Mignolet as he punches away Nadiem Amiri's well-struck effort from Kerem Demirbay's cushioned header.

Moments later, Sadio Mane drives just wide as Liverpool attack quickly. Don't rule out another goal before full time.

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

Hoffenheim have bossed possession but it's Liverpool who have made it count most when they have had had the ball. Just two shots on target for the hosts compared to eight for Liverpool.

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Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

The home crowd is subdued and the Hoffenheim players look out of fight as Liverpool go on the hunt for a third that will kill the tie.

How different the game could have been if the hosts had put away that early penalty.

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

The deflection was a big thing. The keeper ended up in no-man's land and that should be it now I'd hope.

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

Milner tries to cross to the far post. lt takes a slight defection and drops in. You have to say now Liverpool are definitely going through.

Liverpool can't drop off and give Hoffenheim anything.

Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool
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GOAL - Hoffenheim 0-2 Liverpool

Havard Nordtveit OG

Done and dusted!

Liverpool take a quick free-kick and attack through Roberto Firmino, who splits the defence with an excellent pass to find James Milneron the left. The full-back looks up, sees Mohamed Salah racing in, and crosses but the slightest deflection from Havard Nordtveit diverts the ball in at the far post.

Milner takes the credit, but that might be an own goal.

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Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Havard Nordtveit gives away a free-kick on the left side of the area. Alberto Moreno and Trent Alexander-Arnold are over it and it is the former who takes it, but Moreno fires it in with two much pace and Roberto Firmino can't keep his header down.

CLOSE!

Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Final change for Hoffenheim as Mark Uth replaces Serge Gnabry for the final 20 minutes.

Moments later, Oliver Baumann does superbly to deny a powerful Dejan Lovren header from a corner. A second goal for Liverpool and the tie is all over, surely.

Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Brilliant run by Trent Alexander-Arnold as he speeds past one player, shrugs off another before a lunging challenge by a third Hoffenheim player finally stops him in his tracks. It's been an excellent performance by the youngster, regardless of the goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold
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Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool are under a bit of pressure as Hoffenheim win three successive corners. Kerem Demirbay takes them all before the visitors eventually clear.

SUBSTITUTION

Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

James Milner is sent on for skipper Jordan Henderson, taking the captain's armband as a result.

His experience will be key as Liverpool try to see out the game.

Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Get Johnny Magrinho in the Liverpool dugout.

Jurgen Klopp turns to James Milner, who promptly preps himself coming on.

At 31 Milner is a year older than the Hoffenheim boss.

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Johnny Magrinho: Need Milner on for his experience & Grujic to throw his weight around in the middle, break up play. Getting a bit bullied now..

Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool attack as Emre Can plays in Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right and the teenager slides a first-time ball towards goal for Mohamed Salah but overhits it and the Hoffenheim keeper collects.

Liverpool are looking very comfortable at the moment.

Alberto Moreno
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Ash: Alberto Moreno is having a mare for us. Can we clone a left-sided version of Trent, or at least play Robertson next match?

Colin Todd: Give Mane the number 10 jersey. Get close to £100m for Coutinho and move on

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Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Alberto Moreno, not for the first time, doesn't track his man as a ball is sent in to the far post for Andrej Kramaric, but he can't capitalise.

SUBSTITUTION

Hoffenheim 0-1 Liverpool

Couple of changes for the host as former West Ham man Havard Nordtveit comes on for Ermin Bicakcic while Lukas Rupp is replaced by Nadiem Amiri.