• Liverpool face Hoffenheim in UCL play-off

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

    The Champions League play-off draw was made in Nyon on Friday as the likes of Liverpool, Sevilla and Napoli learned their fate.

    The Reds will take on Hoffenheim in the play-off round of the Champions League.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side will battle the Bundesliga club for the right to take a place in the 2017-18 group stage.

    Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli face a fascinating tie against Ligue 1 side Nice, meaning striker Mario Balotelli will be faced with a return to Italian soil.

    Sevilla have been handed a clash with Istanbul Basaksehir, while CSKA Moscow meet Young Boys of Switzerland and Sporting CP take on Steaua Bucharest.

    Scottish champions Celtic will meet Kazakhstan side Astana, with the first leg to be played in Glasgow.

    Olympiacos will meet Rijeka of Croatia, while Czech Republic champions Slavia Prague must face APOEL of Cyprus.

    The first legs will be played on 15-16 August and the return matches on 22-23 August.

    A total of 10 ties were drawn, with the first legs played on August 15-16, and the second legs on August 22-23.

    Here is the draw in full:

    Qarabag v Copenhagen

    APOEL v Slavia Prague

    Olympiacos v Rijeka

    Celtic v Astana

    Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Maribor

    Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla

    Young Boys v CSKA Moscow

    Napoli v Nice

    Hoffenheim v Liverpool

    Sporting CP v FCSB

    Photo: Uefa website

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