Liverpool vs. Hoffenheim – Match Preview

I’d like to start this one by mentioning how much I want to beat Hoffenheim – like, I really want to beat Hoffenheim; their manager has shown several layers of disrespect to Liverpool and it’s now that he’ll be taught a lesson.

It’s somewhat likeable; like when we watch Diego Costa doing Luis Suarez-esque things and hate him.

At any rate, Julian Nagelsmann will have riled up the Kopites and the atmosphere at Anfield should be ferocious for Hoffenheim’s second appearance in the Champions League.

The opening fixture of the tie was held in Germany – you can read our reaction of Liverpool’s victory here – and there were more positives to take away from the game than negatives.

It was the usual spiel for Liverpool; Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno were, for the most part, our worst performers and our attack looked threatening – it’s a shame, though, that Roberto Firmino was unable to get on the score sheet but he did receive a nice welcome back to his former German home.

Team News

More spiel to come in the injury news; Phil Coutinho is still recovering from his sore back and now a new illness, which Jurgen Klopp mentioned in his most recent press conference. Hopefully Phil is back to his usual self soon in the red shirt.

Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are still spending time on the sidelines given their long-term injuries but it should only be another two or three weeks until we have Clyne back.

Even if Trent Alexander-Arnold is doing his best to keep him from returning.

Andy Robertson’s impressive debut against Crystal Palace over the weekend should insure him a place in Klopp’s squad over Moreno, so I expect the Scotsman to partner Trent as the full backs.

And, oh yeah, Adam Bogan is still out with his ACL injury.

Liverpool have Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi Dom Solanke and Firmino available going into the game and it’s bloody brilliant for Klopp to have options.

Current Form

Liverpool (last three results in all competitions) –

Watford 3-3 Liverpool
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace

Hoffenheim (last three results in all competitions) –

Hoffenheim 1-0 Werder Bremen
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool
Erfurt 0-1 Hoffenheim


Hoffenheim have had a strong start to their campaign and, if we say Watford away can be problematic, then Liverpool have also had a strong start to the season – well, our attack has anyway.

I expect the ‘second half’ to be a typical European evening at Anfield – an abolsute nightmare for the team we’re hosting.

Nagelsmann has been mouthing off, saying it does’t matter that they’re playing at Anfield and that their away record is impressive…I bet it is when you didn’t play a club that wasn’t German last season.

At any rate, I think Liverpool will give Hoffenheim a bit of a lashing at Anfield and, come the full-time whistle, I think the scoreboard will say Liverpool 3-1 Hoffenheim.

Unless they park the bus and try for a 1-0, that is…

If you’d like to strongly disagree with me or remind me of what I’ve written, when Hoffenheim knock Liverpool out of the Champions League before we even play a decent team, you can find me on Twitter – @StevenCarsonNR

Steven Carson

Steven is a Club Journalist at AFC Liverpool and Features Writer for Paisley Gates

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