Trent Alexander-Arnold reflects on 'dream' night as Klopp savours sublime free-kick

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2017

Liverpool is looking to become the fifth English team to qualify for the group stage - joining Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League victor Manchester United - and return to Europe's top competition for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Alexander-Arnold himself was slightly more humble about the feat, insisting he was just happy it went in and meant the team return to Anfield with two away goals and a lead.

"We could have scored one or two more goals and we need Anfield in the return leg".

"I told him he had to do it", said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Alexander-Arnold, 18, who only made his Premier League debut in December, curled a free kick through a gap in the Hoffenheim wall 10 minutes before halftime as Liverpool survived a rocky start.

A stunning free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and an own goal from ex-Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit gave the Reds the victory in Sinsheim.

The 25-year-old previously said that the only club that he would leave Liverpool for is Barcelona and following the departure of Neymar to PSG, the Spanish side have targeted Coutinho as the ideal replacement.

"I told him because I watched him many times for Under-23s last season and he took the free kicks, and by the way the goal is the same size". You saw what an intense game it was. "I must say, I'd rather have a 2-1 than 1-0". "Especially to make it with a goal was very special for me. I never put my hand up at first, but I had the confidence to finally take it and it paid off!"

"I feel that we played a really good match, especially in the first half".

"We have been together for 20 months and we always try to give good analysis to the players".

Standing in their way are Bundesliga side Hoffenheim - coached by 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann - after finishing fourth behind Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in the German top flight.

From there, Liverpool withstood a storm of Hoffenheim pressure, which produced its best chance when Benjamin Hubner had a free header in the middle of the box but sent his attempt over the bar.

Against Hoffenheim he looked confident, composed and showed good decision-making to get forward at the right times to support the attacks.

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