Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League group stages after a resounding 4-2 win over Hoffenheim at Anfield completed a 6-3 aggregate result.
The Reds got off to a blistering start, ending any hopes of a Hoffenheim comeback by scoring three goals in the opening 21 minutes.
Emre Can made it 1-0 in the 10th minute when his deflected effort went in at the near post.
Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 shortly afterwards, the Egyptian turning home from close range.
And Can doubled his tally on the night and made it 5-1 on aggregate when he met Roberto Firmino’s cross.
Liverpool's third goal was amazing
If Jurgen Klopp could draw up the perfect goal, it would probably look something like Can’s second.
It started from the back, with Alberto Moreno playing a bullet pass into Firmino.
The Brazilian laid the ball off to Georginio Wijnaldum, who played an inch-perfect pass towards Sadio Mane on the left flank.
The Senegalese forward, who was exceptional, burst forward and cut in on his right foot before back-heeling the ball into the run of Firmino.
Liverpool’s No.9 clipped the ball across into Can and the German midfielder couldn’t miss from three yards out.
It was superb stuff, and produced a brilliant reaction from Klopp on the sidelines.
The Liverpool boss reacted with his usual clenched fist and shouted to the Main Stand: “That’s football!”
How can you not admire him?
Mark Uth pulled a goal back for Hoffenheim but the damage was already done.
Liverpool fans react
Liverpool were fantastic
It’s easy to suggest Liverpool can do without Philippe Coutinho, who has been the subject of three bids from Barcelona and is yet to play for the Reds this season, but just imagine how good this team would be with the Brazilian in it?
Hoffenheim had no response to Liverpool’s swift attacks, with Mane and Salah stretching the German side’s defence and Can capitalising on the wide open spaces.
So Liverpool will be back in the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Anfield has played host to some brilliant European nights, even in the two years Klopp has been at the club, and Liverpool supporters now have more to look forward to.
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