Augsburg booked their place in the Europa League next season by beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1.
Liverpool give U21s more game time than Premier League rivals but top flight lags behind Europe.
Hannover celebrated their first win of 2015 to move out of the bottom three with a 2-1 victory over Augsburg.
Augsburg kept their Europa League hopes alive with an unexpected 1-0 win at Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich.
Schalke ended a six-game winless run as Wolfsburg slipped to defeat, plus all the latest from the Bundesliga.
Augsburg only just managed to keep hold of their place inside the top six after a 0-0 draw at home to Cologne.