Liverpool face tough German test in Champions League play-off

Jurgen Klopp

The Premier League club have been drawn against Bundesliga upstarts TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off, and will travel to southern Germany for the first leg in ten days' time.

Kazakhstan champions Astana will certainly not be an unknown quantity for Celtic as the Hoops disposed of them in the third qualification round last season.

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.

Premier League club Liverpool and German side Hoffenheim will take on each other in the playoff round for a spot in the group stage of Europe's premier club competition this season. Hoffenheim have never been in the Champions League before, but believe with their highly rated head coach Julian Nagelsmann, they can make even more history.

Celtic have drawn Khazakhstan champions Astana in the Champions Route to the Group Stages.

The round of qualifying fixtures for the 2017-18 iteration of Europe's showcase tournament took place on Friday night, with Die Kraichgauer regarded as the toughest opponent that Jurgen Klopp's team could come up against. We will give it our all to progress.

But he does not want his team to rely on the Brazil ace after Liverpool's season crumbled when Coutinho and Sadio Mane missed periods of the campaign. "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". "We will get the benefit of it during the season", added the German manager.

"This puts us in the centre of attention, this is great for the public perception of our club", said the Hoffenheim boss. We know it's a challenge, but we're going to jump into it with bravery and ambition'.

Mario Balotelli may have been forced to sit out Nice's Champions League qualifier with Ajax, but the Italian striker joined fans in a bar to take in the action.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent.

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