Liverpool had a very tough day at the office against German side FC Augsburg in the first leg of the round of 32 Europa league tie on Thursday. Klopp went with a relatively full strength squad and had in-form players all across the pitch but his team were just not able to break the deadlock as things stay as they were going into the second leg at Anfield.
Though Liverpool would have wanted a better result, an away draw is not he worst one as they will now need all the help from their supporters at Anfield. Here are 5 talking points from this Europa league encounter:
1. Clean sheet the only good news:
Liverpool were not their fluid side in Germany just days after demolishing Aston Villa in the Premier League. They were just not able to break the Augsburg defense and were not able to take the few chances that fell their way. Surely keeping a clean sheet comes out as one of the only positives from this game for the Red of the Merseyside.
2. Sturridge not 100% but still important:
It was evident right from the start that Daniel Sturridge was not at full fitness as he hardly fought for a 50-50 ball against his opponents. But the fact that he started the game tells a lot about his importance to the side and the amount of trust he has earned under his new manager Jurgen Klopp. Sturridge will surely help lift the fallen spirits in the Liverpool side.
3. Klopp loved in Germany:
It was branded as a ‘homecoming of the hero’ by the German press as Klopp came back to the country and the league in which he played a part for 7 years. His antics at Borussia Dortmund has earned him plenty of applause all over Germany and it was evident with the way he was treated by the media and the fans upon entering the field before the game. Surely, Klopp is Germany’s beloved.
4. Augsburg can stun Liverpool:
Technically, a draw in the first leg away from home is a good result and Liverpool will not be too concerned about the draw but Augsburg showed some promise in the final third and if they can score a goal early at Anfield, it will silence the crowd and give the German side a great chance to go on and win the game. Though it will not be easy, Augsburg gave a chance to stun Anfield in a week’s time.
5. Europa league needs some re-doing:
The Thursday night Europa fixtures have always been a hindrance to many clubs all across Europe. The round of 32 that sees the clubs in the competition play an extra round in Europe has never been a welcome move and it is now looking more and more hazardous. Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all put in tepid performances and it now looks like the Europe league fixtures need some re-thinking.
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