Liverpool head into their Champions League qualifier at home to Hoffenheim on Wednesday aiming to secure their spot in the lucrative group stages of the competition.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s wonder goal set Liverpool on their way in last week’s first leg in Germany, with the 18-year-old’s 30-yard free-kick putting them in front.
James Milner’s cross was then deflected into his own net by Havard Nordtveit in the second half, before substitute Mark Uth gave Hoffenheim hope with a late goal to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
The Reds will be confident of progression, but much like a casino player the German side can still overcome the odds.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are yet to be beaten this season, although their performances in taking four points in the Premier League against Watford and Crystal Palace have been less than impressive.
Liverpool have an excellent record against German teams at Anfield, racking up 11 wins and three draws from 14 previous matches.
Hoffenheim started their Bundesliga campaign over the weekend with a narrow 1-0 win over Werder Bremen and they also won by the same scoreline in the DFK Pokal tie against lowly Rot Weiss Essen a week earlier.
This is Hoffenheim’s first foray into European competitions, and they have progressed a long way since Liverpool last won the Champions League.
The famous victory over AC Milan was the fifth time the Reds had been crowned champions of Europe, while Hoffenheim were plying their trade in the German fourth tier.
With five wins and three draws from their last 12 away games the visitors are certainly capable on the road, but with only two clean sheets during that period they face a massive task to pull off a shock.
However, they will take hope from the fact Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven home games in the Champions League, so Klopp’s side will need to be on their guard at the back.
Progression into the group stages could certainly help Liverpool during the latter stages of the transfer window.
The Philippe Coutinho saga is yet to be fully resolved, although the prospect of Champions League football might force the Brazilian to reconsider his options.
The opportunity to play on the big stage could also see Virgil van Dijk up the ante as he tries to engineer a move away from Southampton, so a home victory is crucial if Liverpool are to make their mark this season.
With Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne all unavailable for selection, Liverpool could line-up as follows:
Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.