Liverpool’s German headcoach Juergen Klopp is pictured during the final Audi Cup football match between Atletico Madrid and FC Liverpool in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on August 2, 2017. / AFP / Christof STACHE
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Liverpool will travel to Klopp's homeland for the first leg on Aug. 15 before Hoffenheim visit Anfield the following week, with a place in the group phase at stake.The tie will pit Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino against his former club, the Brazilian having left Hoffenheim to move to England in 2015 .Hoffenheim were the last team in Europe's top five leagues to lose their unbeaten record last season, but have since seen Germany internationals Niklas Suele and Sebastian Rudy snapped up by Bayern Munich.Nagelsmann believes the clash with Liverpool will help put his club on the map.Nagelsmann, who only turned 30 last month, is one of the most highly rated young coaches in the game.Nagelsmann knows Klopp, 50, personally as they both have the same agent.Lallana was one of Liverpool's stand-out performers last season, making 31 league appearances and scoring eight goals as Klopp's men secured a top-four finish.
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