Hoffenheim v Liverpool Betting: Klopp's side set for a high-scoring Champions League clash

While Coutinho's absence does not seem to have affected the attack, Al Hain-Cole expects the Reds to suffer from their persistent defensive issues

Liverpool will be hoping to put one foot in the Champions League group stages when they travel to the Rhein-Neckar Arena to take on Hoffenheim in Tuesday's qualification clash.

The Reds conceded a 94th-minute equaliser to draw 3-3 with Watford in their opening Premier League match on Saturday but are available at 13/10 (2.30) with Genting to bounce back with a crucial victory in Germany.

Meanwhile, Julian Nagelsmann's team ran out 1-0 winners over Rot-Weiss Erfurt in the German Cup at the weekend and can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to maintain that winning streak in more high profile circumstances.

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Each of the guests' last two Champions League matches finished in draws back in 2014, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them playing out another stalemate on their eagerly awaited return to the competition.

Although the run-up to the match was overshadowed by the transfer request submitted by Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp's team did not seem particularly affected by the playmaker's absence in attack.

With new signing Mohamed Salah linking up to great effect with Roberto Firmino and last season's star man Sadio Mane, the Merseyside outfit left Vicarage Road with three goals to their name.


While Salah's arrival therefore appears to have added some extra threat to a frontline that was already too hot for many opponents to handle last campaign, the manner in which the goals were conceded at Watford suggests little has improved at the back.

Having failed to bring in any significant defensive reinforcements, Klopp's team still look every bit as vulnerable at the back as they are effective up front - with or without Coutinho.

With this in mind, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem too good to pass up on Liverpool following up a six-goal display with another high-scoring match that produces over 2.5 in Hoffenheim.

Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake with Genting
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