Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s job is only half done after their 2-1 win away at Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off round, but is pleased with how his team handled the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fine free-kick and Havard Nordtveit’s own goal appeared to have put the Reds on the brink of qualification, but a late Mark Uth strike brought Hoffenheim back into the tie.
And, despite enjoying his side becoming the first team to win at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena since May 2016, Klopp has called for an improvement ahead of the return leg at Anfield.
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“If somebody told me we would win we would take any scoreline – even an 8-7 – so I am happy about the result,” Klopp said. “No, I’m not happy with the goal they scored, but I think they deserved the goal for their effort over the 90 minutes.
“They had their moments, especially when they changed a little bit their style of play, but we were very offensive on both wings, and that left Trent and Alberto (Moreno) alone.”
“The result is okay. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result.
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Klopp was pleased with the way his Liverpool team attacked Tuesday’s opponents, particularly at the start of the second half, but he acknowledged that his side were too open before the interval.
“Hoffenheim had a specific plan to play,” he said. “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.”