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Klopp praises team after win secures Champions League campaign

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 00:57

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said 14 months of hard work had finally paid off as his side dominated Hoffenheim to secure passage into the Champions League group stage.

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SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 23, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: (Reporter: "Juergen, can you sum up what it means to be through to the group stages of the Champions League.") "Yippee! Everything! What can I say!? It's all what the club, what the team worked for in the last 14 months, so I know it's always like this, you will always find a few people who will say 'ah, it's just the Champions League'. We feel we wanted to be part of it with all we have and I thought the boys played a few pieces of outstanding football. How it is in a game like this especially against an opponent like Hoffenheim you also have a few problems, that's how it is, but I'm really happy about the deserved qualification for the group stage." STORY: Liverpool scored three goals in 12 dramatic first-half minutes as they swept to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim in the second leg of their playoff tie to qualify for the Champions League group stage on Wednesday (August 23). Emre Can scored twice to help Liverpool to a 6-3 aggregate win and wreck Hoffenheim's dreams of qualifying for the first time. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp couldn't hide his joy at a post-match news conference, heaping praise on his players for their blistering first-half performance which effectively secured the tie.

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Klopp praises team after win secures Champions League campaign

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 00:57