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 had the confidence to finally take it.
Both sides enjoyed strong chances before the end of the half, with Sandro Wagner firing narrowly wide on the rebound after Mignolet kept out Gnabry, while Lovren nearly made amends for his earlier error with a header that crept just past the post. "We're disappointed to concede the goal, but it's nice to take a lead back to Anfield".
"We had more chances to close the game earlier but I prefer to win 2-1 than 1-0", said Klopp. "To step up and take that free kick ahead of the likes of (Jordan) Henerson and (Sadio) Mane, it says a lot about the him".
After sealing a fourth place finish on the final day of last season, the Reds secured their place in the qualification stage.
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'There is a big challenge after training for free-kicks between him and Ben Woodburn (the club's youngest scorer, who does not turn 18 until October).
"No I'm not happy with the goal they scored but I think they deserved the goal for their effort over the 90 minutes".
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The 30-year-old coach also said he has no concerns about playing the second leg at Anfield despite its reputation as a fortress on European nights.
"I don't really make a difference between home or away matches, so I don't really care", he added. "There were a few harsh tackles from the other side to interrupt the game but if you told me before the game we'd win 2-1 then good".
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