Who are Hoffenheim?
Manager Julian Nagelsmann got his side through the whole of the 2016/2017 season with just four losses to their name in the league.
Should Liverpool be concerned?
None. The Reds have never crossed Hoffenheim’s path before however, overall the Reds do have a fantastic record against German sides. Liverpool have only lost on seven occasions to German opposition from a total of 42 fixtures*.
The Reds may not have faced Hoffenheim but Jurgen Klopp as a manager certainly has. He faced the side 19 times as boss of Borussia Dortmund and his record reads:
W: 8, D: 7, L: 4.
“If we’re only at 95% against Hoffenheim we’ll have big, big problems, and they will knock us out – Jurgen Klopp”
Well the big, although also rather predictable news is that Coutinho is not in the squad that has travelled to Germany. Does he have a bad back? Or is that a load of tosh? Who knows. What we do know is, there are clearly a few more twists and turns in this saga yet.
Also unavailable for manager Jurgen Klopp is Daniel Sturridge who isn’t fit enough and is still recovering from a thigh injury.
It’s going to be a tough game away from home for the Reds but I honestly feel that the occasion will bring out the best in them. The defence is clearly an issue for Liverpool and Hoffenheim will try hard to punish but if Klopp can get his attackers to find an early goal it could be a decent outing. The lads will surely want to prove a point after the Watford game and Liverpool only need a draw really to feel confident returning to Anfield.
I’m going for a relatively uneventful 1-1.
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Source: The Liver Bird