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

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Trent Alexander-Arnold's performance after the teenager fired the Reds on their way to a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off first-leg.

The Liverpool-born full-back, deputising for the injured Nathaniel Clyne, opened the scoring in the 35th minute by curling home a free-kick from outside the box on his European debut.

Liverpool added a second 13 minutes from time when James Milner's cross was deflected in by fellow substitute Havard Nordtveit.

But Hoffenheim, who saw Andrej Kramaric miss a 14th-minute penalty, grabbed a lifeline late on when Mark Uth halved the deficit.

"He only plays because he is good," the German said.

"He has to improve in all departments, that is clear, but offensively he is nice to watch and defensively he was good today.

"That is the challenge. We are fine. You saw him, he needs a long ice bath and a warm bed for recovery.

"It was a really good free-kick."

Klopp is hoping a return to Anfield will see Liverpool advance to the Champions League group stages.

"We need Anfield. You saw what an intense game it was," Klopp added.

"Anfield doesn't decide anything, but we need to work together and we are looking forward to another European night there."

Alexander-Arnold said afterwards that he was in dreamland .

"It is a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club," Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport.

"Especially to make it with a goal was very special for me.

"More importantly, we got the win. We are still a bit disappointed with the late goal but it is always good to take a lead back to Anfield.

"I kind of got egged on to take the free-kick, to be honest. I never put my hand up first but I had the confidence to take it and it paid off."

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson felt the German side's late goal slightly took the shine off the result.

"We will be disappointed with the late goal because we wanted to take a clean sheet back to Anfield," Henderson said.

"At the end we will be disappointed with that, but overall we have got to be pleased with the result and how we played at times."


More in this Section

Connacht fail to triump in error-ridden game with Cardiff Blues

Ross Byrne stars as Leinster put Dragons to the sword

First point for West Ham under Moyes after draw with Leicester

Late Andrew Trimble try saves Ulster against Benetton


Today's Stories

So Dan Carter and I were shooting the breeze in the gym one day…

Joe Schmidt closing gaps to prevent Cardiff repeat

Alvaro Morata or Mohamed Salah: Who is signing of the season?

Joe Schmidt closing gaps to prevent Cardiff repeat

Lifestyle

Having fled the Nazis, Elizabeth Friedlander created her own typeface before moving to Kinsale

On the double: Jennifer Zamparelli and balancing a hectic life and baby number two

Trim back for the festivities with these Christmas fitness tips

The 40-year-old charity that ensures no-one dies alone and poor

More From The Irish Examiner