Champions League

Henderson: Liverpool's job is not done yet

Jordan Henderson (Getty Images)
Jordan Henderson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has warned that they have not yet qualified for the Champions League and still need to play well against Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

The Reds beat the Bundesliga side 2-1 in Germany in the first leg of their play-off tie, and are now in the driving seat ahead of the second-leg at Anfield.

However, Henderson has urged Liverpool to guard against complacency as they aim to secure a Champions League group-stage spot.

"When people talk about the great European nights at Anfield, one of the big themes is 'comebacks' and that a two-legged tie is never over until it's over," he revealed in This is Anfield, according to the club's official website.

"That has worked to Liverpool's benefit so many times during the club's history, of course, but it also serves a reminder that for us, the job isn't even half done as regards achieving our goal of qualification for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League

"When the play-off draw was made we knew we had been paired with arguably the toughest opponent we could have got. As players we knew that, without needing to be told or reminded. Hoffenheim are a top side with top players and brilliant coaching staff.

"To go to their home in Germany, where I believe they have an incredible record in recent years, and get a win was massive. It was a big step for us. But that's all it is - a step. And it's a step that will count for nothing if we don't get over the line tonight. 

"You've probably all heard the phrase 'it's only half-time' as far as the tie goes. That's spot on. And the biggest part of it only being half-time is that the second half of every contest is when it's decided."

Kick off is at 20:45.

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