Coutinho left out of Liverpool's travelling squad for Hoffenheim clash

Carragher believes Coutinho risks damaging his reputation with his handling of the move

Hoffenheim proved they are a capable side and only several smart saves from Mignolet, including for Kramaric's penalty, restricted them to just the one goal.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson intends to use his last European experience to shape his future ones as the Reds look to secure their return to the Champions League.

The 18-year-old fired home in the first half to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in their play-off first leg at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena.

James MIlner saw a cross deflect into the net via Håvard Nordtveit on 74 minutes with Mark Uth scoring a consolation for the Bundesliga side on 87 minutes.

Set-pieces had been the team's downfall at Watford on Saturday but the 18-year-old, in only his 14th senior appearance, showed there is also a flip-side with a maiden goal the absent wantaway Brazilian Philippe Coutinho would have been proud of.

Nagelsmann believes Hoffenheim were unlucky not to finish the first leg with at least a draw, having dominated possession for extended periods of the match.

Warner retires hurt after being struck by bouncer
Warner was batting in an intra-squad practice match in Darwin and was hit after missing with an attempted hook shot. Seamer Pat Cummins, speaking after close of play, added: "It's good that Davey's fine".

Debutants TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in their continental campaign will be welcomed by Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp's return to his homeland.

Sky Sports News reporter, Vinny O'Connor, asked Wijnaldum if he had spoken to Coutinho about a potential move to Barcelona: "He knows what I want, but it's his decision, we'll see what happens". Hopefully, we can put on a good performance to take back to Anfield'.

"It was a very intensive match for him, he still has a little few things to learn, but he is a really great player and I'd rather have this 2-1 than a 1-0".

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.

"I think it helps completely when you think that two-and-a-half hours ago, if somebody would have told me we'd win tonight I would've taken each result, even an 8-7", Klopp conceded.

Lovren twice went close with headers while Gnabry rifled in for the hosts after the whistle had gone for offside.

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