18th September 2019



14th August 2017

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are excited at the prospect of returning to the Champions League but are wary of the threat posed by play-off opponents Hoffenheim.

The Reds take on the German side at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Tuesday in the first leg of their play-off tie.

The winner over two legs will qualify for the group stage, which Liverpool have not appeared in since 2014.

"For three months we have been looking forward to this game," said Klopp.

"We are here, in a good mood, looking forward to the game but aware of the qualities of the opposition and the difficulty of the game.

"But it is just good to be here and to have the chance even though we know it is really hard."

The German is adamant that his players will be well prepared for the challenge of facing a side who finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, behind Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.

"We know much more about Hoffenheim than you can know," he added.

"We have been together for 20 months and we always try to give good analysis to the players. We make sure they know about the opponents. We have opponents who are confident and aggressive."

This is a tricky game though and Liverpool are not the good things the layers seem to think at 4/11 they are certs to win the tie. But 13/10 about an away win - given how Liverpool's defence crumbled against Watford at the weekend looks poor value.

Hoffenheim will have few supporters in the home market but might be worth punting at 2s or better to take a narrow lead back to Anfield.