LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 22, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 2nd Leg match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Hoffenheim: 5 more changes as Salah returns

Jurgen Klopp has made five changes to his Liverpool lineup for Wednesday night’s pivotal Champions League play-off second leg against Hoffenheim.

The Reds take on their Bundesliga opposition at Anfield looking to seal their place in the group stage of Europe’s top-tier tournament.

Having won 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena last Tuesday, and 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp‘s side arrive in positive form.

But there remains a difficult job at hand, and Klopp has named a strong starting lineup as he looks for his eighth win in 19 clashes with Hoffenheim in his managerial career.

Simon Mignolet makes his fourth consecutive appearance of the season in goal, behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.

Jordan Henderson is joined by Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, with Klopp set to persevere with his 4-3-3 formation despite switching to a 4-2-3-1 late on in the win over Palace.

And in attack, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will flank Roberto Firmino, in his second outing against his former side.

Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke make up Klopp’s substitutes on a crucial European night in front of the Kop.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino

Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Gomez, Robertson, Milner, Sturridge, Solanke

Hoffenheim: Baumann; Nordtveit, Vogt, Hubner; Kaderabek, Geiger, Demirbay, Zuber; Gnabry, Kramaric, Wagner

Substitutes: Kobel, Bicakcic, Rupp, Polanski, Toljan, Uth, Szalai

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