Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v Hoffenheim Champions League tie

Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v Hoffenheim Champions League tie

Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has warned Liverpool that his side will not be an easy opponent for the Reds in their play-off qualifier and that he has already begun planning a way to beat them.

Jurgen Klopp will not be taking Liverpool's Champions League participation for granted after they were drawn to face Hoffenheim in the play-off round, which the German claims to have predicted.

Hoffenheim had the second-best defensive record in the division and only champions Bayern Munich suffered fewer defeats.

Liverpool and Hoffenheim will face each other in the Champions League playoff round this season.

He saw Vincent Marcel grab a 79th-minute equaliser for Nice to edge them a step closer to the Champions League group stage.

Liverpool will begin as favourites but Nagelsmann has hinted that he will be and his players will be ready for the Merseyside giants when they stage the first leg on either August 15 or 16. It's Hoffenheim and that's for sure not an easy game. The German side were a comfortable fourth place this year and only 5 points behind second place RB Leipzig. "It's inevitable that a lot of good players want to ply their trade in Spain but the situation with the length of contract has to count for something".

Michael Owen has ruled out Philippe Coutinho swapping Liverpool for Barcelona this summer.

There is a real lack of big-game experience in European competition or even global level which could cause Hoffenheim some troubles in their first continental campaign. Our ambition will know no bounds.

However, that only came through a late victor from Moussa Dembele in a nervy 3-2 aggregate win.

Astana were actually only founded in 2009 but have quickly become the dominant team domestically with three league titles in a row and an appearance in the Champions League group stages two years ago.

However, Jurgen Klopp's men could be in for a reunion if they draw Ligue 1 side OGC Nice with former Reds striker Mario Balotelli spearheading the attack for the French team.

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