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MATCH PREVIEW: Augsburg V Liverpool

Liverpool travel to Jurgen Klopp's native Germany on Thursday evening as they look to reignite their Europa League efforts. With the winners of the competition gaining a place in the Champions League it may be silverware that some laugh off but Klopp is definitely not a manager to turn down an opportunity like that.

If, like many, you are wondering who Augsburg are, a few snippets about them:

  • Augsburg play in the Bundesliga and hail from Bavaria.
  • In their history, they have only ever had non-German managers on two occasions.
  • In 2011 they were runners up in Bundesliga 2.


Image via thisisanfield.com: Jurgen Klopp, Europa League

Injuries

The injury situation has improved recently for Liverpool however the Reds are still unable to call upon Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen. Lallana and Kevin Stewart have also been added to the injury list this week and it looks as though the game may come too early for Dejan Lovren.

For Augsburg, they are unable to call upon Framberger who has a cruciate ligament injury. Baier, Ho-Hong and Moravek will all be subjected to late fitness tests after suffering from minor issues.

Previous Meetings

Usually this section brings up some interesting facts about games gone by but unfortunately, Liverpool have never faced Augsburg.

However I can provide you with a stat from previous meetings with German clubs. Liverpool have faced German sides on 28 occasions since 1965, winning 12, losing six and drawing 10 (source).

Form

After battering Aston Villa 6-0 on Valentine's Day the Reds collected their first win in their last six fixtures in all competitions.

Augsburg on the other hand have managed to pick up two victories over the same time period but it is worth noting that both of those wins came in friendly matches.

Betting

It's hard to predict what team Klopp will go for on Thursday but I get the feeling Divock Origi may get some minutes and after his performance against Villa I like the look of him for last goalscorer at 11/2 with Paddy Power.

In terms of scorelines, if you fancy a repeat of Sunday's result, Liverpool to win 6-0 is currently down at 500/1.

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Kirsty W

Kirsty; Award winning Liverpool FC blogger and social media addict.