By Harry Sykes
Liverpool eased their way into the draw for the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday night, avoiding a potential banana skin.
Hoffenheim were never going to be a pushover but with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, Liverpool held all the Aces going into the second leg at Anfield.
And they cruised into a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks to a brace from Emre Can and a first Anfield goal from Mohamed Salah.
They were breathtaking in attack, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino combining brilliantly – but they couldn’t keep a clean sheet.
And it was the defence that came under fire from Liverpool fans who know that their team needs to tighten up if they really want to mount a challenge in the Champions League.
Alberto Moreno came in for the most stick, despite Jurgen Klopp insisting that the player had earned his place in the line-up tonight.
The Spanish left-back looked great going forward but typically shaky at the back and Liverpool fans were quick to put the boot in.
Here’s a selection of their reactions on Twitter.
I'll say this, Liverpool would be 8% less exciting to watch if Lovren and Moreno were aware of one another.
— Ben Carr / DoctorBenjyFM (@DoctorBenjy) August 23, 2017
#LIVHOFF If Liverpool eventually let Coutinho join Barcelona they should add up Lovren and Moreno as bonus transfer.
— A.F.O Korede (@AdeCole109) August 23, 2017
😂 I don't gamble but feel like I'm missing out on a second income. Both teams to score on Liverpool games when Lovren & Moreno play = easy £ https://t.co/ngJTZcCkHz
— Que sera sera (@redlfc180) August 23, 2017
Liverpool playing Moreno and Lovren *acts surprised when we concede
— adr-IAAAN (@MakTwian) August 23, 2017
Even @tokstarr can score against Liverpool from Moreno's wing. Pffttt
— High•Chief ◾ (@Geraldcake) August 23, 2017
Moreno has got to be up there with Djimi Traore amongst the worst Liverpool defenders😤
— Danii Savage (@daniisav) August 23, 2017
With all the goals being scored Liverpool are still nervous at the back, Moreno is absolutely TERRIBLE! 😡 #LIVHOF
— 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐊𝟑𝟐𝟏𝟏 (@ChrisK3211) August 23, 2017
Liverpool will find out who they face in the group stage of the Champions League when the draw is made on Thursday at 5pm.
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