Jürgen Klopp offers thoughts ahead of Augsburg tie

The Liverpool manager has said not to underestimate struggling German side FC Augsburg, as the Reds prepare to face them on Thursday evening.

Jürgen Klopp offers thoughts ahead of Augsburg tie
Klopp pictured in his pre-match press conference (photo: UEFA)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has insisted that his side, and the fans, should not judge FC Augsburg on their current position in the Bundesliga, and should be prepared for a tough evening on Thursday.

The German club currently occupy the 14th spot in the Bundesliga, and are just seven points off the bottom of the table, after a troubling season.

They managed to qualify for the Europa League last season, when they finished 5th, but it has been a very different story this season.

Despite their problems in the league, they managed to finish second in their group, during the group stages of the Europa League, which put them through to the current round.

Klopp is returning to Germany for the first time since he took the Liverpool job, and from previous experiences will know that Augsburg won't be an easy game, stating in his pre-match press conference that it "won't be too easy".

Using his previous managerial knowledge, the German said that "Bundesliga clubs are never easy to play against", citing that Augsburg are a perfect example of this, adding that they're a "special story in Germany".

Biggest game in Augsburg's history

Augsburg are experiencing their first ever European campaign and have never faced an English club before. As a result, a 30,000 strong crowd is expected at the WWK Arena.

Klopp continued to say that "they have said it is the biggest game in their history", offering the idea that "if it is [the biggest game], you can imagine how ready they are for this game".

“For a club like Augsburg the competition is the biggest money they can get in Europe because the Champions League is far away."

Klopp's issues warning of Augsburg star

Whilst at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, Klopp faced Augsburg on ten different occasions. He managed to win five times, draw three times and lost just twice, which is an impressive record.

Whilst Klopp did concede that having faced them so much before "makes preparation easier", he was sure in stating that "they will fight for everything".

The Liverpool boss praised them for having "a good mixture of experience and young players", adding that they "made some really good transfers".