Liverpool will know that the tie against Hoffenheim is far from over especially since they managed to net one goal back late on in the counter to still keep them in the hunt of this tie. Liverpool were pretty ordering on the weekend unable to find the finishing touch against Crystal Palace in the league and just stole a narrow 1-0 victory. Part of the problem was they high amount of rotation that Klopp managed leaving out players like Salah, Loveren, Can, Arnold among the few key starters who are essential for their success. Liverpool will go back to the front 3 tonight of Mane, Firmino and Salah in the aim of play counter attack, much like they did at every opportunity in the first leg, which helped them find the back of the net twice. Defensively, Liverpool faced a Palace side who have been pretty ordinary up front and struggle to score; but other than that Liverpool come into the game leaking goals in their 4 encounters prior to that including the first leg against Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim will be happy to get a positive result on the weekend in the league after beating Werder Bremen by a score of 3-0; will be hoping to take that confidence into this encounter against Liverpool. Hoffenheim continuously took the attack to Liverpool; and if it wasn’t for a penalty miss early on; things could have been much better for Hoffenheim in this encounter. Hoffenheim have maintained consistency scoring goals at every opportunity including in all 3 of their competitive fixtures played so far. Leading their attacking line Wagner, Gnabry and Kramaric who are all coming into this season after some outstanding goal scoring form in the Bundesliga the prior season. Defensively, Hoffenheim will struggle when traveling away especially against this Liverpool side who will have nearly 50,000 strong supporting them in this encounter.
Both teams have shown early signs of great goal scoring this season; and both of them want to make it to the group stage proper.