27-year-old must be sold: Three things we learned from Liverpool win v Hoffenheim
By Harry Sykes
After talk of a potential banana skin, Liverpool dispatched Hoffenheim with ease at Anfield, coming out 4-2 winners on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.
That result puts them in the draw on Thursday for the group stage, where the competition really begins.
Emre Can got two goals and left to a standing ovation in the 69th minute.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino got the others, but Liverpool conceded and could have let more than one goal in.
And that’s where we start with the first of three things we learned from the game tonight.
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1. Unstoppable in attack but…
Liverpool in full flow in attack under Klopp is one of the best things in the Premier League at the moment.
At times tonight Liverpool were breathtaking and unstoppable – the best defences in the world would have had trouble keeping them at bay.
Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah make the current worries about Philippe Coutinho… We exaggerate but you get the point.
However, they still look shaky in defence.
A clean sheet tonight would have been a real statement – both for their opponents in the Champions League and on the domestic front.
As it was, anyone watching tonight would be confident of scoring against them.
And when they face teams of the calibre of Barcelona and Real Madrid, where possession will be rare, that could cost them.
Alberto Moreno looks great going forward but isn’t a defender and Dejan Lovren isn’t good enough for Liverpool.
Klopp needs to sort it out… fast.
Click ‘2’ below to see why this 27-year-old should be sold