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It is going to be one of the hottest ties in the Champions League playoffs. Hoffenheim and Liverpool are crossing paths, and only one will make it to the competition’s lucrative and ‘as prestigious as it gets’ group stage.
It’s indeed a tough draw, but there wasn’t really one easy draw. We can play against a great opponent in a legendary stadium. It’s something special
Julian Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim’s coach, told the club’s official website.
Only this morning, I said that if you want to win the trophy you have to beat every opponent and so we also need to come out on top against Liverpool. I had a feeling it would be Liverpool and I think it’s a great thing for both our fans and the media
he added, before revealing that he already has an idea how to face Liverpool, but will make sure to ‘study’ them even further these next days.
Jurgen Klopp is back in Germany. I believe they would not have necessarily picked us as their opponents. We will give it our all to progress. Liverpool are an outstanding team. I already have an idea how we can achieve something, but we still need to see a couple of matches to work out a plan
Nagelsmann said. As for Hoffenheim’s sporting director, Alexander Rosen, he looked even more enthusiastic about their Liverpool draw.
We are incredibly happy, that’s something special. I was anxious before the draw. It’s a great challenge, but we are just delighted to take part in it. Jurgen Klopp will be here, and Firmino returns. All of that turns a great situation into an absolutely special one. Our ambition will know no bounds. We will surely compete to reach the group stages