LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Liverpool FC and 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield on August 23, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Liverpool seal Champions League qualification

Liverpool have waltzed into the group stages of the Champions League after a 6-3 aggregate win over Hoffenheim in the final round of Champions League qualifiers.

After a 2-1 victory in Germany one week ago, Liverpool stormed out of the blocks and opened the scoring inside 11 minutes through midfielder Emre Can.

The Reds doubled their lead just seven minutes later when Mohamed Salah turned in Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot off the post and back into the Hoffenheim goal.

Can was on the end of a brilliant team goal for Liverpool’s third, as the Reds raced to a 3-0 win inside 21 minutes, which effectively ended the tie.

The visitors scored before half-time to give themselves a little sniff, but the match was put to bed when Roberto Firmino finished off a strong play from captain Jordan Henderson midway through the second half.

“I thought the first half hour was a thunderstorm and I’ve really enjoyed it,” Klopp toldĀ BT SportĀ after the win.

“I have not enough words for this, it’s amazing. It’s 14 months of the hardest work.

“It feels in this moment, absolutely amazing. Big, big, big compliments to my team. They played a perfect first half an hour.

“At half-time I asked them if they could remember the feeling they had at 3-0 and told them to put that feeling away because there was too much relief at that moment.

“But credit to Hoffenheim they played football and continued to enjoy the game. They can score two goals because of their quality.

“We didn’t think we were the favourites but everyone else did so we had the pressure, but the boys did good.”

Liverpool now enter their first Champions League campaign since the 2014-15 season, with the draw taking place at 2am on Friday, August 25 (AEST).

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