Liverpool will play Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off round.
"We need to be independent of one or two players", he said.
"I had a feeling [it would be] Liverpool and I think it's a great thing for fans as well as for the media".
For Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the opposition are familiar. We will give it our all to progress.
Against a team like Liverpool who possesses midfield technicians like Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana not to mention attacking speedsters such as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Hoffenheim will have to be careful to not over commit.
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Balotelli said Klopp spoke to him just once since the German arrived at Anfield in 2015 and that joining Liverpool was the "worst mistake of his life". We know it's a challenge, but we're going to jump into it with bravery and ambition'.
Astana were actually only founded in 2009 but have quickly become the dominant team domestically with three league titles in a row and an appearance in the Champions League group stages two years ago.
The other match-ups sees Napoli versus Nice, Seville vs Istanbul Basaksehir, CSKA Moscow vs Young Boys of Switzerland, Sporting CP vs Steaua Bucharest, Celtic vs Astana, Olympiacos vs Rijeka and Slavia Prague vs APOEL of Cyprus.
Celtic's reward for their third qualifying round victory over Rosenborg of Norway is to once again make the near 8,000-mile round trip to Kazakhstan.