Liverpool vs Hoffenheim 24/8/2017
Liverpool will reach the group stage for the first time since 2014 should they successfully protect a 2-1 first leg lead. Against German clubs at Anfield, the Reds are unbeaten with a glorious record of 11 wins and 3 draws. The last five European games at Anfield have also ended in a home win. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten in nine European home matches since a 0-3 reverse to Real Madrid in October. Roberto Firmino will go up against his former club for the second time. The Brazilian played for Hoffenheim between 2011 and 2015, scoring 38 goals in 140 league games. Hoffenheim, who started their Bundesliga season with a 1-0 home win over Werder Bremen, need a 1-0 win to progress. A draw won’t be enough.