Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson intends to use his last European experience to shape his future ones as the Reds look to secure their return to the Champions League.
The England midfielder is one of only three survivors from the team which lost the Europa League final to Sevilla in Basle in May 2016.
As they set out to convert their fourth-placed Premier League finish into a place in Europe's elite for the first time since the autumn of 2014 Henderson is drawing on bitter experience for motivation.
"That was a tough night for us as a team. Losing in any final but particularly a European final is tough," he said of the Basle experience, where Liverpool went 1-0 up but fell apart in the second half and lost 3-1.
"You have to use that and make sure you do not have that feeling again and we will use that going into the game and that anger, if you like, to have a good Euro campaign so hopefully it will help us going forward."
Manager Jurgen Klopp knows this is a chance they cannot afford to squander against Hoffenheim - a tough prospect against a team who finished finished fourth in the Bundesliga - having worked so hard to hang on to a top-four spot last season.