Reds too good for Hoffenheim

A fantastic display of attacking football from Liverpool saw them overwhelm German side Hoffenheim and book their spot in the group stages of the Champions League following a 4-2 win at Anfield.

The Reds led 2-1 from the first leg at the Rhein Neckar Arena, and coach Jurgen Klopp chose to keep faith with the same XI that had done the business in Germany. The home side were up and running in the 10th minute when Firmino’s long pass found Sadio Mane, who produced an outrageous backheel to set up Emre Can, whose shot took a deflection off Kevin Vogt and past Hoffenheim keeper Olivier Baumann. Continue reading

Stunning Alexander Arnold Free kick and Milner set up Liverpool win over Hoffenheim

A great win for Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie against Julian Nagelsmann’s TSH 1899 at the Rhein Neckar Arena. Hoffenheim had not lost at home since May 2016 and the Reds were up against it, especially given the absences of Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho.

However a fantastic free kick from Trent-Alexander Arnold and an own goal from Havard Nordtveit (although Milner would prefer to claim it as his!) saw the Reds come away with a 2-1 win ahead of the return leg at Anfield.

And not to forget the efforts of the much maligned Simon Mignolet, who saved Andrej Kramaric’s first half penalty and kept the Reds in the tie. Continue reading

Liverpool draw Hoffenheim in CL playoffs | The toughest unseeded team?

Liverpool have been drawn against German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the playoff round of the Champions League. The Reds could have also potentially had their clash against one of Steaua, Young Boys, Nice or Istanbul Basaksehir, but ended up drawing Hoffenheim, easily the toughest unseeded team in the pot. The first leg will be in Germany.

In the Champions League, you have to beat the best- so here’s good luck to Jurgen and the boys. And oh, this is a return to his old club for Roberto Firmino Continue reading

Lucas Leiva to Lazio- Long serving Brazilian medio leaves Liverpool

Long serving Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has opted to continue his career in Italy after joining capital outfit SS Lazio. Lucas did not feature in Liverpool’s most recent friendly against Wigan Athletic and will join the Biancocelesti for £5m.

Lucas was signed by Rafa Benitez more than a decade ago for £5m. Originally a midfielder, he has played in a variety of positions and was employed at centre-back by Jurgen Klopp last season. Continue reading