Liverpool - FC Augsburg Preview: Reds looking to progress into the last 16 of the Europa League

Liverpool will host FC Augsburg on Thursday evening, as they look to progress into the last-16 of the Europa League, after the first leg finished 0-0.

Liverpool - FC Augsburg Preview: Reds looking to progress into the last 16 of the Europa League
Kolo Toure and Ji Dong Won of FC Augsburg clash for the ball. (Picture: Sueddeutsche)

After Liverpool’s away game to FC Augsburg last Thursday finished goalless, the Reds will be faced with another tough challenge in the second leg, just three days before their Capital One Cup final game against Manchester City.

The first-leg was fairly uneventful and featured few chances, but Augsburg were the team that looked most likely to come away with a win.

Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to capitalise on scoring on an away, when a strong side was fielded in hope of killing off the tie in the first-leg.

As a result, Klopp has hinted that another strong side could feature at Anfield, despite the cup final being just around the corner.

Team News

At his press conference earlier today, the German said "Games for players who didn't play for a long time - like Phil and Daniel - are important for rhythm."

Both Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have recently returned from injury, and both could start on Thursday evening, in an attempt to get them playing back to their best, before the final on Sunday.

Dejan Lovren was on course for a return until illness took hold (Source: Daily Mirror)
Dejan Lovren was on course for a return until illness took hold (Source: Daily Mirror)

Dejan Lovren returned to training this week, and looked set to be included in the squad, but fell ill and will miss the game tomorrow.

Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen will also miss out on the European tie, after failing to recover from their hamstring injuries.

Adam Lallana will also miss the game as he is still overcoming a calf injury, which has led him to miss the last few games.

The Bundesliga club have been hit by a number of injuries and will be missing key men for the return leg.

Most notably, star striker Raul Bobadilla after he picked up an injury in the game at the WWK Arena.

He has scored eleven times this season, and being out is a big blow for the German club.

The Opponents

Augsburg have played one game since the stalemate last week.

Currently in a relegation battle, Markus Weinzierl's men celebrated a rare win in the Bundesliga, after they beat bottom side Hannover, 1-0 on the weekend.

The win saw them rise one place in the table from 14th, to 13th, to ease their relegation fears, after a tough season.

Statistics

Jurgen Klopp has faced Augsburg 11 times during his managerial career. He has won five times, drawn four times and has lost twice.

Liverpool have not lost a European home match in their last five games, having won twice and drawing three times.

Augsburg have won their last two away games, that weren't in Germany.