Europa League - Round of 32 - 1st Leg
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FC Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool

Marwin Hitz prevents Paul Verhaegh scoring an own goal
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team are capable of winning the Europa League

Liverpool have a good chance of making the Europa League last 16 following a goalless draw in the first leg of their tie with Augsburg.

The Reds had marginally the better of a largely dour game in Germany.

Daniel Sturridge had a deflected shot saved and fluffed an effort from six yards out from James Milner's cross.

Former Sunderland player Ji Dong-won came close to giving Augsburg an advantage for next Thursday's second leg with a shot that hit the post.

Disciplined but uninspiring

Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool

Barring deflected shots from Sturridge and Roberto Firmino, both of which were saved by home goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, and an injury to Augsburg top-scorer Raul Bobadilla, there was little to report about a forgettable first half.

It was more entertaining after the break as the visitors came out with greater intent and would have led but for Sturridge's early miss from close range.

Hitz also had to be alert to prevent a deflection off home defender Paul Verhaegh finding the net following a Liverpool free-kick.

However, Augsburg, who reached the German top flight for the first time in 2011 but are in relegation trouble this season, could and probably should have won the game in the final 15 minutes.

Stafylidis found space in the box but poked wide of the far post before Ji's well-struck effort hit the outside of the upright and went wide.

Klopp's low-key return to Germany

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool is Jurgen Klopp's first managerial job outside Germany

The match was Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp's first in his native Germany since taking over at Anfield in October.

Prior to that, he spent seven years as Borussia Dortmund boss, leading them to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final in 2012-13.

His ambition this season is to reach Europe's premier club competition and with the Reds currently nine points off the Premier League's top four, winning the Europa League is probably his best chance of achieving this aim.

And the biggest positive he can take from this game is that his team retain a serious interest in this competition in a month that also sees them face Manchester City in the League Cup final.

Klopp is 'not a patient man'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "We should be realistic about the result, that's OK in a European away game. We could have scored goals but as a performance I am not satisfied.

"We fight for consistency and played like this in the game, but we always let them come back in the game and that's not necessary. I'm not 100% happy about this game.

"My problem is that, with our quality, we should have had more. I have to be patient, but I'm not a patient man, not really. My feeling is we could have done better."

What next?

Liverpool are out of the FA Cup and so do not play this weekend. The return leg with Augsburg at Anfield is their next game on Thursday, 25 February, followed by the League Cup final three days later.

Line-ups

Augsburg

  • 35Hitz
  • 2Verhaegh
  • 16JankerBooked at 20mins
  • 5Klavan
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8FeulnerBooked at 90mins
  • 21KohrBooked at 59mins
  • 11Esswein
  • 7AltintopSubstituted forKoo Ja-Cheolat 87'minutes
  • 13WernerBooked at 73minsSubstituted forJiat 81'minutes
  • 25BobadillaSubstituted forCaiubyat 23'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Opare
  • 19Koo Ja-Cheol
  • 22Ji
  • 24Gelios
  • 30Caiuby
  • 31Max
  • 36Thommy

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 4K Touré
  • 17Sakho
  • 18MorenoBooked at 77mins
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forIbeat 81'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 23Can
  • 10Coutinho
  • 11Firmino
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forOrigiat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Benteke
  • 19Caulker
  • 21Leiva
  • 27Origi
  • 33Ibe
  • 52Ward
  • 56Randall
Referee:
David José Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
25,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAugsburgAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Augsburg 0, Liverpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Augsburg 0, Liverpool 0.

  3. Booking

    Markus Feulner (FC Augsburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Markus Feulner (FC Augsburg).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

  7. Post update

    Ragnar Klavan (FC Augsburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dominik Kohr.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Augsburg. Ja-Cheol Koo replaces Halil Altintop.

  11. Post update

    Dong-Won Ji (FC Augsburg) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Caiuby with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

  14. Post update

    Offside, FC Augsburg. Alexander Esswein tries a through ball, but Paul Verhaegh is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Markus Feulner (FC Augsburg).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Augsburg. Dong-Won Ji replaces Tobias Werner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces James Milner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominik Kohr (FC Augsburg) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Booking

    Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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