Three reasons why Liverpool should fear Hoffenheim

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England global Adam Lallana suffered a thigh injury in their pre-season tour's final game of the Audi Cup against eventual winners Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool take on Atletico Bilbao in their final pre-season friendly ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

"Unfortunately, the damage is such that it will likely mean Adam is out for a couple of months not weeks", he told Liverpool FC's official website.

Due to their final fourth-place finish, Liverpool will need to navigate a two-legged qualification tie against Hoffenheim at the risk of harming their Premier League title ambitions by boosting their calendar load, should they not possess strength in numbers.

WITH THE THIRD qualifying round having reached its conclusion last night, Liverpool are a step closer to knowing who they'll face when the draw for the Champions League play-off round is made tomorrow at 11am.

This comes as a huge blow to the Reds, as Lallana has proven to be a vital piece of their midfield under Klopp.

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"I would think we've got a good chance of winning a trophy, the FA Cup or the League Cup are well within our grasp, so as long as the team is progressing that would be a good return".

By the end of the first week of November, the Reds had already scored six goals in a game against Watford at Anfield, struck five past Hull and netted four in a league match on three separate occasions. "Now it's more hard to play all the time". "It was nice to see, we looked smart, so I'm happy".

Hoffenheim could come up against one of their former players in the clash, with Roberto Firmino joining Liverpool from the German club in a £29million deal in 2015. He's doing really well and everybody can see his skills, but he struggled in the beginning [against Bilbao], then he changed the game with a nice goal and he was in the game and played really well.

Liverpool, last winners of the Champions League in 2005, will be hoping to feature in the group stage for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Hoffenheim had the second-best defensive record in the division and only champions Bayern Munich suffered fewer defeats.

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