Liverpool Aim to Secure Their Place in the Champions League Against Hoffenheim at Anfield
Liverpool carried on where they left off last season as they conceded three times to Watford in their opening Premier League encounter. Liverpool came away from the Rhein-Neckar Arena with a precious 2-1 lead but Jurgen Klopp’s men will probably consider themselves lucky after having survived an early penalty save from Simon Mignolet. Hoffenheim defender Kevin Vogt is still confident that his side can overturn the deficit on Merseyside under their impressive young manager Julian Nagelsmann.
The Bundesliga club started their new campaign with a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Saturday and they must start quickly here if they are to stand any chance of competing in the UEFA Champions League next season.
The Reds were also victorious at the weekend, sneaking past Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace thanks to a Sadio Mane goal, and Jurgen Klopp’s side will be keen to add to their two away goals at Anfield. The German coach dropped new signing Mo Salah to the bench at the weekend in a bid to keep the Egyptian winger fresh for this encounter and the former Roma man is likely to be drafted straight back into the starting line-up here.
Liverpool are just 90 minutes away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage, where they will be hoping to avoid being drawn alongside champions Real Madrid. The Merseyside outfit are priced at 4/6 with Sky Bet for success on their own patch on Wednesday, August 23.
Other key qualifiers include FC Copenhagen taking on Qarabag, with the Danish outfit looking to overturn a slender 1-0 lead and Swiss Super League side Young Boys make the trip to the Russia capital to take on CSKA Moscow. Sporting Club de Portugal will need an away goal if they wish to qualify following a drab 0-0 draw in Romania against FCSB.