Full-time: Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (6-3 on aggregate)

  • Reds end two-year absence from Europe's elite club competition after comfortable Champions League play-off round second-leg victory at Anfield
  • Emre Can's 10th-minute deflected strike beats Oliver Baumann
  • Mohamed Salah quickly doubles the lead from close range after Georginio Wijnaldum hits the woodwork
  • Can scores again at the back post after fine interplay between Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino
  • Substitute Mark Uth reduces the deficit as four goals are scored inside the opening 28 minutes on Merseyside
  • Firmino nets against his former club after Jordan Henderson pounces on a poor pass from Kerem Demirbay
  • Andrej Kramaric tees up Sandro Wagner for a late consolation header
  • Liverpool join Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Celtic in Thursday's group stage draw
  • Wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho has recovered from a back injury, but remained sidelined through illness as Barcelona continue to pursue high-profile transfer

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We will also be publishing a few preview pieces in the morning looking at the best and worst case scenarios for the five English teams plus Real Madrid and Barcelona. Keep your eyes peeled for those.

If that wasn't quite enough, IBTimes UK will also be bringing you updates from Croatia as Everton travel to Hajduk Split for the second leg of their Europa League play-off round tie.

Until then, goodnight.


Never in doubt for Liverpool, who put this tie firmly to bed earlier on this evening with some fantastic attacking play spearheaded by Mane and Firmino.

Hoffenheim showed that they also possess a lot of attacking nous, although defensively they were simply nowhere near the level required tonight.

For the first time ever we will have five Premier League and six British teams in the Champions League group stage draw as the Reds, whose position in pot three means they are likely to draw one or possibly even two big sides, join Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Celtic.



Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim


Moreno makes a clever run but is just unable to collect an overhit pass from Wijnaldum.


Gomez concedes a late corner after Wijnaldum goes looking for a fifth Liverpool goal down the other end.

However, the ball is cleared with ease.


Hubner receives a late booking. The fourth official signals three minutes of added time.


Firmino crashes a shot into the side netting and Mane rightfully receives a standing ovation as he is replaced by Klavan.


Alert goalkeeping from Baumann to intercept a low Firmino cross intended for Salah.

Klavan is preparing to enter the fray for Liverpool.


With 11 minutes left to play, Wagner towers above Lovren to head Kramaric's accurate cross beyond the static Mignolet.

For all of Liverpool's impressive attacking football, Klopp will be disappointed with one or two disappointing lapses in concentration at the back.

Sandro Wagner


Goal: Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (Sandro Wagner)


Mignolet gets down to tip away a low Demirbay drive after the German midfielder collects a lay-off from Wagner, who is flagged offside as he attempts to get hold of the rebound.


Almost a chance for Szalai to reduce the deficit, but he is eventually crowded out in the six-yard box.


A worrying sight for Hoffenheim as Demirbay stays down for treatment before limping off the field in some discomfort.

Nagelsmann has already used all three of his substitutes, remember.


A flurry of subs now as Toljan replaces Kaderabek and Gomez comes on for Alexander-Arnold.

No treble for Can. He makes way for Milner.


Henderson seizes on Demirbay's woeful pass to Vogt and unselfishly allows the impressive Firmino to register a goal against his former employers.

6-3 on aggregate and even the faintest of Hoffenheim hope has surely now been permanently extinguished.

Roberto Firmino


Goal: Liverpool 4-1 Hoffenheim (Roberto Firmino)


Not Mignolet's finest moment. The oft-maligned custodian gets nowhere near an attempted punch before dropping what looked to be a fairly simple catch.


Alexander-Arnold wins possession for Liverpool and Baumann produces another strong stop to deny Wijnaldum.

The Hoffenheim 'keeper has certainly been busy over the course of the two legs.


Baumann is called into action once again to beat away a powerful Mane drive at the front post.

Liverpool are pushing hard for a fourth goal at Anfield.


Gnabry's evening is over. He is replaced by Szalai and heads straight down the tunnel.


Demirbay and Gnabry combine to find Uth, whose latest attempt flies harmlessly past the far post.


Hoffenheim are caught napping from an Alexander-Arnold throw-in down the right-hand side. Wijnaldum plays a quick one-two with Salah before blazing over the crossbar.

Baumann looked to get a touch on that, but the referee points for a goal kick.


Mane turns on the afterburners and wins a corner down the Liverpool left. The ball is floated in towards Matip, who gets his header all wrong.


A magical turn from Firmino, who is kicked by Hubner before being cynically blocked off by Kevin Vogt.

A deserved yellow card for the Hoffenheim skipper.