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Summary

  1. Two Can goals, Salah tap-in and Firmino strike for Liverpool
  2. Substitute Uth and Wagner for Hoffenheim
  3. Liverpool win 6-3 on aggregate
  4. Liverpool are fifth Premier League side to reach group stage - draw on Thursday

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Jordan Henderson
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Back in the big time.

Liverpool join Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Celtic in the Champions League group stages.

Read Jonathan Jurejko's match report

We are back on Thursday for the draw and Europa League action.

Until then.

Full line-up

Champions League

Five English teams, one Scottish.

Draw takes place on Thursday from 17:00 BST.

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'We did not start well'

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann: "My thought (at 3-0 down) was this could be going better.

"We didn't start the match well at all. We had a game plan we didn't manage to implement."

Julian Nagelsmann
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Party time

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg 6-3)

Liverpool

More from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "We wanted a fast start and we have fulfilled our dream. It was fantastic.

"Playing Hoffenheim was the most difficult draw, alongside Napoli, we had two unbelievably hard games. We learned from the first game and adapted to a little change when they changed from five at the back to four at the back."

On tomorrow's group-stage draw: "We should be there and really excited about the group stage, whoever we get. There will be a few nice and difficult opponents but no-one with this atmosphere wants to get us. I'm really looking forward to the draw.

"Now I've told the boys to party. Enjoy it!"

On Coutinho: "There is nothing else to say. It's not that I don't want to talk about it, I just have nothing to say."

'Boys did good'

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg 6-3)

Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to BT Sport: "I do not have enough words it is amazing. It is 14 months of the hardest work and it feels amazing. I can't find another word.

"A big big big compliment to my team. They played a perfect opening half an hour. I asked them at half-time to remember the feeling they had at 3-0 and to put it away.

"But credit to Hoffenheim they played football and continued to enjoy the game. They can score two goals because of their quality.

"We didn't think we were the favourites but everyone else did so we had the pressure but the boys did good."

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

A beaming Jurgen Klopp says "the boys did outstandingly good" as "all the hard work of the past 14 months" came to fruition.

Full quotes to come from the Liverpool manager.

The stats

  • Liverpool have returned to the Champions League group stages for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign.
  • Liverpool have scored 3+ goals in consecutive European home games (including qualifiers) for the first time since March 1997.
  • The Reds have now won six successive European games at Anfield (including qualifiers) against German opposition.
  • Jurgen Klopp has overseen seven European games (including qualifiers) as Liverpool manager at Anfield, with the Reds winning each of the last six; their best run since November 2010 (eight successive wins).
  • Emre Can has scored 2+ goals in a game for the first time in his professional career.
  • Sadio Mane has been directly involved in 15 goals in his 17 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool (10 goals, 5 assists).

Weren't Liverpool brilliant?

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Liverpool

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, speaking to BT Sport: "It has been a brilliant night, the atmosphere was brilliant all night and we were brilliant at the start and set the tempo.

"We let in a couple of goals so we have still got things to work on but overall we're delighted to get back into the Champions League where Liverpool belong.

"Getting back in to the Champions League was our aim and we've done it. Now when we get into the Champions League itself we have got to do ourselves justice and win some games there.

"I'm delighted for the lads and the fans. We're in there and we've proved we can play against big teams. We're happy to play against whoever we're drawn against."

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Mandeep Sanghera

BBC Sport at Anfield

Emre Can gets a bear hug off Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool bench celebrate at the final whistle. Mo Salah also gets one before Klopp applauds the Kop to huge roars and beats his chest on the way off.

Now for the draw on Thursday.

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Liverpoool boss Jurgen Klopp runs on to the pitch and shakes the hands of each of his players.

He them punches the air in delight in front of the Kop End.

Loving it.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

"The Cham-pions," tu tu-tu tu tuuuuu.

Job done, Champions League football is back at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp with a smile from ear to ear.

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno is the furthest man forward for the hosts in injury-time.

Hah.

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Late corner for Hoffenheim.

Cleared.

YELLOW CARD

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Benjamin Hubner booked late on. He's not happy.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

A tremendous round of applause for man-of-the-match Sadio Mane, who makes way for Ragnar Klavan.

With Mane on form like this, Liverpool should take the £138m for Coutinho and run.

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Goallll.

Ah, sorry, side netting.

Roberto Firmino smashes a drive narrowly wide of goal.

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Mandeep Sanghera

BBC Sport at Anfield

To be fair, Hoffenheim's fans are banging out plenty of chants in support of their team. I haven't got a clue what they're singing but one of the songs is to the tune of 'I love you baby'. Catchy.

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Five minutes remaining to see if we have any more goals.

We've had six already, am I being a bit too greedy there?

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Alberto Moreno trots forward unchallenged and gives a souvenir to a fan in the Kop with a wild strike.

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Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Shane Daly: Liverpool fans please calm down, the group stages is where the big boys play, we will see how good you are then.

GOAL - Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-3)

Sandro Wagner

And they do pull one back.

Don't worry, there is no comeback on here, just a consolation from Hoffenheim.

Former Leicester man Andrej Kramaric cuts in from the left and chips a tantalising ball into the box which is met by the towering Sandro Wagner to plant a well-taken header past Simon Mignolet.

Statuesque Liverpool defending and their goalkeeper unmoved too.

Sandro Wagner
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GREAT SAVE!

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

The visitors almost get their second of the night, but Kerim Demirbay's rasping drive is pushed out by Simon Mignolet.

It took a nick and the Belgian goalkeeper had to adjust to keep it out.

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

Hoffenheim, to their credit, are still giving it a go.

They sneak in behind Alberto Moreno, but Benjamin Hubner's cross into the box evades all his team-mates.

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

Are Liverpool sitting back? Wasting time?

No they are not.

Full steam ahead boys, looking for more goals.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

No hat-trick for Emre Can.

He is the man being taken off.

James Milner enters the action.

Can throws his shirt....no he doesn't. Chill.

James Milner
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Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

Mandeep Sanghera

BBC Sport at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp has hardly sat down all game and has been doing plenty of shouting and gesticulating from his technical area. He seems to have relaxed a bit after that as he produces a smile to his bench.

He also gives James Milner the nod to get ready to come on.

Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

Why has Jurgen Klopp still got Sadio Mane/Roberto Firmino on?

The game is done, get them off, wrap them in cotton wool and give Dominic Solanke and Daniel Sturridge a run out.

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

"We won it five times, in Istanbul, we won it five times," sing the Liverpool supporters.

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

Liverpool fans on Twitter were largely saying 'it is still not over' at half time.

Surely it is settled now, even with this defence?

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

A change for each side after that goal.

Liverpool replace Joe Gomez with Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Jeremy Toljan comes on in place of Pavel Kaderabek for Hoffenheim.

GOAL - Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 6-2)

Roberto Firmino

All over.

Welcome Champions League football, Liverpool fans.

Kerem Demirbay sells skipper Kevin Vogt with a short pass, and Jordan Henderson is onto it in a flash.

Instead of shooting, he rolls the ball across for Roberto Firmino to tuck into an open net.

Easy, peasy.

Roberto Firmino
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Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Simon Mignolet flapping.

He comes for a cross which Joel Matip heads into the air and Mignolet scrambles around looking for the ball.

It's above youuu.

The Belgian goalkeeper tries to catch it, but drops it and is lucky no Hoffenheim player is close to him, finally collecting the ball at the third attempt.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Oliver Baunmann keeping this game at single figures for Hoffenheim.

The goalkeeper makes another save, this time from Georginio Wijnaldum's smashed shot from inside the box.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Sadio Mane deserves a goal today and he rockets a drive in at the front post, but Olvier Baumann pushes the ball away with strong wrists.

The Hoffenheim goalkeeper would have been disappointed had that gone in.

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Again the Liverpool defence have not been convincing, allowing Mark Uth to shoot just wide from inside the box.

Another Hoffenheim change as Adam Szalai replaces Serge Gnabry, who heads down the tunnel.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Nice play again from Liverpool and this should be the fourth.

The excellent Mohamed Salah flicks the ball into the path of Georginio Wijnaldum in the penalty area, but the Dutchman cannot keep his composure and blazes over.

It took a nick off Oliver Baumann's shoulder, but none of the officials spotted it.

Mohamed Salah
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YELLOW CARD

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

A shoulder charge is banned in rugby league now so Kevin Vogt is not going to get away with in football.

A cynical foul on Roberto Firmino and the yellow card is brandished towards the Hoffenheim captain.

Roberto Firmino
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Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Mohamed Salah through on goal after breaking the Hoffenheim defensive line which is situated two yards off the half way line...

...but no.

The linesman's flag has gone up.

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Liverpool are not sitting back, they are piling men forward.

Trent Alexander-Arnold whips a lovely ball across the face of goal, but Roberto Firmino cannot get on the end of it.

Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim (agg: 5-2)

Terrible corner by Kerem Demirbay, failing to clear the first man.