I hope the lads are more up for this one than I am. Unlike yours truly, Liverpool will have to bounce back from the disappointing late equalizer and look past the transfer season blues if they want to bring a positive result back to Merseyside. As a European home-and-away playoff, away goals provide a crucial tie-breaker. If Liverpool’s front three, including Hoffenheim old boy Roberto Firmino, can repeat their opening salvo of one goal a piece from the weekend, it would go a long way toward advancing toward the Champions League proper. But, you know, not shipping three goals would also be nice. It will be a challenging 180 minutes of football, but necessary if Liverpool want to compete against Europe’s best plus Manchester United.
Full Preview: Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool
Kickoff: 7:45PM BST/2:45PM EST from Rhein-Neckar-Arena
Television: BT Sport 2 (UK); Fox Sports 1 (USA); beIN Sports 1 (Australia); TSN4 (Canada); SONY TEN 2 (India); Astro SuperSport 3 (Malaysia); SuperSport 5 (Nigeria); Eurosport Asia (Singapore); SuperSport 5 (South Africa); other listings at LiveSoccerTV
Online Streaming: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); Fox Sports GO (USA) | Online Radio: LFCTV GO
Starting XI: Baumann; Kadeřábek, Bičakčić, Hübner, Vogt; Rupp, Zuber, Gnabry; Wagner, Demirbay, Kramarić
Bench: Kobel, Nordtveit, Toljan, Amiri, Uth, Szalai, Geiger
Starting XI: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino
Bench: Karius, Klavan, Gomez, Milner, Grujic, Solanke, Origi
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