FC Augsburg and Liverpool played out a dull 0-0 draw on Thursday night, in the first of two legs in the Europa League’s round of 32.
Returning to the Europa League after the tournament’s two-month break, Liverpool took on the Bundesliga side at the WWK Arena.
After stressing the importance of Europe’s second-tier competition to his side’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, Jurgen Klopp showed the ultimate respect to Augsburg by naming an unchanged side from Sunday’s 6-0 win over Aston Villa.
But it proved to be a deflating affair in Bavaria, with a 0-0 draw setting up a must-win tie at Anfield next week.
Here’s how supporters saw Thursday night’s stalemate.
Some took an optimistic view…
Others vented their disappointment…
“Poor performance, very mediocre result. Two poor teams slogging it out, either team could have won it but a draw is deserved. The return will be a tense, difficult affair. What’s the odds on us keeping two clean sheets in a row? Meh.”
– MikeOscar on the forums.
“Disappointing result, can’t escape that.”
– Art Morte6 on the forums.
A feeling of boredom was rife…
“Shades of Bordeaux in September.”
– El Dorado on the forums.
But some turned toward the club’s European history for comfort…
Fortunately, there were some positive statistics for supporters to cling to…
The Reds will now welcome Markus Weinzierl’s side to Anfield next Thursday in search of a comfortable victory—and supporters will be hoping for a more comprehensive performance.
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