LIVE – UEFA Champions League playoff: Liverpool face Hoffenheim

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Liverpool’s quest to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2014 begins on Tuesday.

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Jurgen Klopp‘s men travel to Germany to face Julien Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim as the fourth-place teams from the Premier League and Bundesliga do battle over two legs for a spot in the UCL group stages.

With injuries to Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, plus the Philippe Coutinho saga rumbling on, Klopp has plenty on his mind as Liverpool look to recover from their poor defensive display in their 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday in their opening game of the Premier League season.

The second leg is at Anfield next Wednesday and Klopp and Co. will be hoping to have a healthy lead to take back to Merseyside with them. Upstarts Hoffenheim will be thinking otherwise with Sandro Wagner the main danger man for Liverpool to stop at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Elsewhere Copenhagen head to Azerbaijan to play Qarabag, Sporting Lisbon host Steaua Bucharest, Swiss side Young Boys take on CSKA Moscow and Slavia Prague head to Nicosia, Cyprus to play APOEL.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s games, which kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated, while you can click on the link above to follow live commentary on all five matches.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff first legs

Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool
Qarabag vs. FC Copenhagen – 12 p.m. ET
APOEL vs. Slavia Prague
Sporting CP vs. Steaua Bucharest
BSC Young Boys vs. CSKA Moscow