Liverpool and Hoffenheim battle it out at Anfield on Wednesday, August 23, to determine which club will qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages. Liverpool has the upper hand heading into the second leg with a 2-1 lead on aggregate. Hoffenheim has to overcome the deficit and the home field disadvantage Anfield has given them.
The first leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff happened last week at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Germany. Hoffenheim had the chance to take the lead early in the game when Serge Gnabry went down inside the box after a challenge by Dejan Lovren, per Sky Sports. The referee awarded a penalty but Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saved the shot of Andrej Kramaric.
The Reds got the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute after a sublime free kick from 18-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold. Liverpool went up 2-0 in the 74th minute with an own goal by Hoffenheim midfielder Havard Nordtveit.