Liverpool’s Vulnerable Defence Could be an Issue Against Hoffenheim
Liverpool carried on where they left off last season as they conceded three times to Watford in their opening Premier League encounter. Jurgen Klopp has come under fire for failing to improve the Reds’ back line this summer despite their high-profile pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
The Merseyside outfit found themselves behind early on in the game and were playing catch-up for the majority of the 90 minutes. As a result, the German boss must galvanise and re-energise his players ahead of a tricky looking tie with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
The Reds will be without Phillipe Coutinho as the Brazilian’s protracted transfer to Barcelona continues to rumble on and Adam Lallana continues his spell on the sidelines. Despite the absentees, Liverpool are favourites for the first leg at the Rhein-Nacker Arena. Savvy football punters may wish to explore the range of pro-Hoffenheim markets available with bookmakers as Klopp continues to search for solutions at the back.
Liverpool will be keen to limit the damage in the first leg and they’ll be hoping that having the home tie second can help cement their place in the Champions League this season. Klopp’s men face a difficult evening repelling Julian Nagelsmann’s side for 90 minutes, however.
Other UEFA Champions League Qualifiers include FC Copenhagen making the tough trip to Qarabag whilst Young Boys will be welcoming CSKA Moscow to Switzerland. On August 16, Celtic host Astana whilst La Liga outfit Sevilla face a potential banana skin of a tie away at Basaksehir of Turkey. Finally, the tie of the round is surely Napoli taking on Nice with the free-scoring Serie A side looking to take advantage of a much-changed Ligue 1 outfit who have seen a number of their best players move away from the club this summer.