Gary Lineker reacts to Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim

The Spurs legend questions Liverpool's inability to see out victories after a nervous end at Hoffenheim

Spurs legend Gary Lineker Photo: BT Sport

Gary Lineker was critical of Liverpool’s failure to keep a clean sheet after Jurgen Klopp’s side conceded a late goal in a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday night.

The Reds made the breakthrough in the first half thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb free-kick before half-time to give Liverpool a valuable away goal in Germany.

The Merseyside outfit appeared to be coasting towards the group-stage draw ahead of the second leg at Anfield next week when substitute James Milner scored a second goal with 15 minutes to go.

However, Liverpool’s suspect defending continued having conceded a first-half penalty which Simon Mignolet saved.

And Hoffenheim finally got on the score sheet with four minutes remaining when Mark Uth capitalised on some poor defending from Alexander-Arnold to finish past Mignolet.

Liverpool were 3-2 up at Watford in their Premier League opener on Saturday afternoon but the Reds conceded a late goal from a set-piece to leave Vicarage Road with a 3-3 draw.

Former Spurs legend Lineker appeared to criticise Liverpool’s inability to see out victories after a nervous finish at Hoffenheim.

Lineker wrote on Twitter: “Just as you start to think that Liverpool are cruising through…. Uth!”

Liverpool will take on Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

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