As Liverpool kick off their 2017/18 Champions League campaign on Tuesday, and with a number of key players due to miss the fixture, we take a look at their opposition and 5 players to watch out for.
Nathaniel Clyne misses out with a back & hamstring injury, Adam Lallana’s still out with a thigh injury and isn’t expected back anytime soon. Phillipe Coutinho has been left out due to a ‘back injury’, while Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are still deemed not ready with both recovering from thigh and knee injuries respectively. Danny should be available vs Palace the weekend according to Klopp.
Phillipe Coutinho misses out with a back injury after comments of a growing ‘rift’ between him and Jurgen Klopp for the last 6 months.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
As far as League Competition goes, Hoffenheim are yet to start their 2017/18 Bundesliga season. They have, however, played Erfert in the DFB Cup, coming away with a 0-1 win.
Dietmar Hopp’s financial support, which transformed Hoffenheim from a local amateur club into a competitive Bundesliga club, has been strongly criticized by other clubs, fans and some in the German press. The main points of criticism are the club’s lack of “tradition” and a proper fan base as the club is a historically insignificant side from a village of just 3,300 inhabitants. This situation is similar to that of German clubs VfL Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, as those teams also received large financial support by companies; Wolfsburg is wholly owned and supported by automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, Bayer Leverkusen by pharmaceutical company Bayer and RB Leipzig by Red Bull. Despite this, Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are nonetheless different from Hoffenheim because of their long history as football clubs founded by the factory workers themselves and have been successful chiefly through their own merits rather than outside funding.
On 16 August 2011, the club released a statement regarding complaints of a loudspeaker that was strategically placed under away fans during a home game against Borussia Dortmund. The loudspeaker was designed to drown out the noise of the away fans cheers and chants during the game. It is reported that the speaker was placed by the groundskeeper and the club denies any involvement saying he acted alone. It is also reported that the loudspeaker was used during other games not just the home game against Dortmund.
In a later statement, the club admitted that the disruptive sound assembly has been used at least five times, although club officials claim to have no knowledge of these measures.
5 Players To Look Out For
So who are Hoffenheim’s danger men?
1 – Serge Gnabry, Winger
On loan from Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry is ultimately Hoffenheim’s No.1 threat. His pace, goals and eye for a pass make him a real dangerman.
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2 – Sandro Wagner, Striker
Strong, tall and powerful, Sandro Wager’s finishing ability has helped him on his way to being Germany’s no. 9.
3 – Nadiem Amiri, Attacking Midfield
Quick, Tricky and a fantastic dribbler, 21-year-old Nadiem Amiri will be very hard to contain. Similar in playing style to Phillipe Coutinho, Amiri has the potential to be something very special.
4 – Oliver Baumann, Goalkeeper
27-Year-Old Oliver Baumann. A solid choice at Goalkeeper and a natural leader. Baumann is one of the best Goalkeepers in the Bundesliga.
5 – Eugen Polanski, Defensive Midfield.
Polanski is a reliable Defensive Midfielder who is capable of shutting out attacks and providing support further forward.