Liverpool beats Hoffenheim 2-1 in Champions League playoff

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has had his say on Philippe Coutinho's transfer request

They'll kick off in a few hours at Rhein-Neckar Arena, where they'll take on Hoffenheim.

With injuries to Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, plus the Philippe Coutinho saga rumbling on, Klopp has plenty on his mind as Liverpool look to recover from their poor defensive display in their 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday in their opening game of the Premier League season. I had the confidence to finally take it.

Manager Julian Nagelsmann does count with a very solid squad, Liverpool club captain Jordan Henderson did highlight that the unsafe players to watch are Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramarić.

"If somebody told me we would win tonight we would take each result - even an 8-7 - and so I am happy about the result", he added.

"I prefer to not think of this (Coutinho leaving) because it would be bad".

The Reds face the Bundesliga side in their first leg qualifier with Jurgen Klopp looking to gain an advantage going into next week's second leg at Anfield.

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"Yes they had their moments, especially when they changed a little bit their style of play". But after an open and frenetic game, the home side scored a late goal through Mark Uth to set up an exciting second leg at Anfield.

Lifted, Liverpool came forward again and Emre Can saw a long-range effort stopped by goalkeeper Oliver Baumann - but they were nearly pegged back when Mignolet blocked from Kramaric and Wagner's rebound hit the post. "Simon again with John Achterberg (goalkeeping coach) did a really good job", Klopp said.

"When we played football we found the spaces inbetween and created some wonderful chances".

The Reds finished fourth in the Premier League last season so that means they've got to navigate a play-off to book their place in the group stages of the Champions League and they've been handed the tricky task of beating Hoffenheim over two legs.

"We didn't allow loads of counter-attacks and then came the free-kick - and that was unlucky for us".

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