Jordan Henderson joined Jürgen Klopp for the Reds’ pre-match press conference in Hoffenheim on Monday afternoon to discuss the qualifying first-leg tie.

The Liverpool captain was asked a flurry of questions, including his thoughts on the match itself, the importance of getting into the Champions League group stages, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

The Reds will play the first leg of what is sure to be a challenging tie against the Bundesliga side, with the second leg a week on Tuesday at Anfield.

Speaking to the media in Germany, the 27-year old said: “It’s a great opportunity for us as a team, one that we want.

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“Last year obviously one of the aims was to qualify for the Champions League and these next two games give us that opportunity.

“We’re looking forward to it and we’re excited; hopefully we can put on a good performance and get a good result to take back to Anfield.

“It’s a big test, but it’s a big opportunity as well and that’s how we’ve got to look at it. Over the two games, if we can win then we’ve qualified for the Champions League and that was the aim last season, so we need to finish it off with these two games.

“Obviously it’ll be a very tough game because Hoffenheim are a very good side and will make it difficult for us, but I feel that with the quality we’ve got, if we’re performing to the level we know we can, I’m very confident we can get through to the group stage.”

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With difficulties on and off the pitch in the last 7 days, the Liverpool captain was asked about the current mood in and around he squad and whether off-field issues were having an affect on the player’s current mentality.

“It’s still very positive,” Henderson said.

“Obviously after the Watford game we were disappointed, when you concede a goal in the last few minutes you’re always disappointed.

“But in football you’ve got to get over things like that quickly, I think we can still take a lot of positives from the game and we just need to work on a couple of things coming into this game.

“So yeah, still positive and hopefully we can put on a good performance tomorrow and get a good result to take back to Anfield.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – Monday, August 14, 2017: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We know a bit about them. We’ll do video analysis, obviously Roberto knows a lot about them, the gaffer knows a lot about them.

“A lot of the players will have watched Bundesliga games as well, we know that they’ll be a well-organised, aggressive team.

“They’re very good at set-pieces, the forward players Kramaric and Wagner scored a lot of goals between them, Serge Gnabry is here on loan.

“So yeah, we know a bit about them and we know it’ll be a very tough test for us, but if we can produce our quality on the night I think we can get a good result.”

No team scored more goals from set-pieces than Hoffenheim last season (16) and questions marks remain over whether Liverpool have the right system in place or the right personnel after coming under heavy criticism for the club’s defensive performance at Watford on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino will return to his former club for the first time since signing for the Reds in a £29m deal two summers ago, and Henderson has emphasised and underlined the importance of the club’s number nine.

“He’s a massive player, a massive player for the team and a massive player for what we’re all about.

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“He’s got so much ability but works so hard for the team as well and he’s a massive player for us.

“Hopefully he can have another good season for us and score a few goals.”

“It’s two legs and you’ve got to play as it is, really. Obviously, it is important, but you’ve got to have it in your mind that it is over two legs so we’ll take each game as it comes.

“Tomorrow’s a big test for us coming here, we need to get a good result to take back to Anfield.

“We’re looking forward to it, it’s a big game and a big opportunity for us.”

MUNICH, GERMANY – Tuesday, August 1, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia before the Audi Cup 2017 match between FC Bayern Munich and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The former Sunderland man was also asked about Philippe Coutinho, who has handed in a transfer request and is actively looking to leave the club before the transfer window ends.

It’s a difficult situation for Phil. As players, we’re fully focused on the job in hand. You expect this in transfer windows.

“If you ask everyone, they’ll want Phil to stay. He’s a world class player.

“If I ever have conversations with Phil, they will remain private.

“I can’t influence the situation. Anything that happens has nothing to do with me.”

The Reds face Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Tuesday evening, 7.45pm kick off BST.

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