Did You Know – 1899 Hoffenheim

Liverpool will look to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time under Jurgen Klopp, when they travel to Germany for their opening match of two legs against Hoffenheim in the play-off round. Despite buying Roberto Firmino from the German club in 2015, the Reds might not know much about the 118-year-old club. No fret, we’ve dug up some stats on the team to get you prepared. 

  • Manager Julian Nagelsmann is 30 years old and has been in charge since February 2016
  • Since then he has guided Hoffenheim to 23 wins, 16 draws, and just nine losses in the Bundesliga
  • Andrej Kramaric was Hoffenheim’s leading goal scorer last season with 15, the sixth highest in the league
  • Only Manchester United (15) played in more draws than Hoffenheim (14) in Europe’s top five league’s last season
  • Hoffenheim will be competing in their first UEFA competition in the club’s history and will be facing Liverpool (a five-time Champions League winner) for the first time ever
  • Their opponents Liverpool have loss just one of their past 11 matches against German opposition in an UEFA competition (7 W, 3 D), their last loss coming in a 2-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in April 2002
  • Hoffenheim have 11 internationals in their squad, 12 less than their English opponents
  • Hoffenheim completed 13,849 passes in the Bundesliga last season
  • Fifty-one of their goals last season came from inside the box, while they conceded 34 of the 37 inside their own box

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