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Hoffenheim 1 Liverpool 2: Trent Alexander-Arnold scores his first goal for his club on dream Champio

Trent Alexander-Arnold pictured as he celebrates after scoring against Hoffenheim

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD marked his dream Champions League debut with his first Liverpool goal.

The young lad, 18, curled in a 35th-minute goal to move his boyhood club one step closer towards a crack at conquering Europe.

Ironically, had Philippe Coutinho who wants a move been involved in the Champions League play-off first leg, the young right-back would have had no chance in stepping up for the set piece.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were lucky not to be a goal down within 12 minutes when Dejan Lovren gave away a clumsy penalty after being nutmegged by ex-Arsenal ace Serge Gnabry.

Simon Mignolet saved Andrej Kramaric’s resulting spot-kick to redeem himself somewhat for his Watford horror show.

James Milner replaced Jordan Henderson on 63 minutes to take up a spot in midfield – an unfamiliar position for him these days.

And it was his 74th-minute cross from the left which bounced off Havard Nordtveit and into the Hoffenheim goal to double Liverpool’s lead.

Substitute Mark Uth grabbed what could be an important consolation for Hoffenheim in the 87th minute, plucking the ball down and pinging it past Mignolet.

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Culled from The Sun