FC Augsburg - Liverpool Preview: Klopp returns to Germany hoping for first-leg Europa League Last 32 win

Jürgen Klopp will return to Germany this week, as his Liverpool team looks to take a first-leg lead back to Merseyside from their two-legged knockout tie with FC Augsburg.

FC Augsburg - Liverpool Preview: Klopp returns to Germany hoping for first-leg Europa League Last 32 win
Jürgen Klopp will be hoping his return to Germany will be a successful one. (Picture: Getty Images)

Jürgen Klopp returns to Germany this week, as his Liverpool side prepare for Europa League action, taking on FC Augsburg after a good week in the Premier League.

Fresh from the Reds' triumphant 6-0 win over Aston Villa, Klopp's side return to European action, when they face Bundesliga side FC Augsburg at the WWK Arena on Thursday evening.

Liverpool returned to winning ways on the weekend, when Daniel Sturridge returned to first-team action, to help the side to a magnificent Villa Park victory.

There were six different goal scorers in an eventful game, and the Reds will hope to carry their form into the first leg of their Europa League Last 32 match, in order to return to England with an advantage for the return tie.

Team News

Liverpool managed to survive the Villa game without any new injury concerns, but Kevin Stewart picked up a training injury which will see him out for a while.

Adam Lallana will miss the game through a calf injury, but Lucas Leiva will return after overcoming a knock that kept him out of the trip to the West Midlands.

Dejan Lovren will also miss out, after a family illness has led to him travelling back to his home country of Croatia.

Liverpool will also have Danny Ward, Steven Caulker and Joao Teixeira available for the game after Klopp added them to the Europa League squad last month, although Jon Flanagan is ineligible.

A strong squad has travelled to Germany, which includes, Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as the Reds look to potentially build a comfortable lead before their Capital One Cup final with Manchester City just days after the second-leg. 

The Opposition

This is Augsburg’s first European campaign and they have done extremely well to make it to the last 32.

In the Bundesliga, Augsburg currently sit in 14th place with  Markus Weinzierl's side struggling to deal with a busy schedule.

They finished 5th in the Bundesliga last year to qualify for the Europa League.

They have lost ten Bundesliga games this season, which has left them near the bottom-of-the-table.

Head-to-Head

Klopp will know Augsburg well from his Borussia Dortmund and Mainz days, when he faced them ten times.

During the two spells he managed to win five times, draw three times and lost twice.

This is the first ever meeting between the two clubs.