An early penalty from James Milner secured Liverpool passage to the last 16 of the Europa League with a 1-0 win over Augsburg.
Milner sent the ball past Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz in the first five minutes to seal the Reds’s latest Europa League victory, but it wasn’t quite plain sailing for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.
It went down to the wire, with Augsburg manager Markus Weinziel sending on a number of attackers in the closing stages, including star striker Raul Bobadilla—but, fortunately, to no avail.
Here’s how Liverpool supporters saw Thursday night’s 1-0 win over Augsburg.
Many focussed on the positive performances of Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge in attack…
“Lot of nice moments, plenty of good opportunities, and a glimpse of what could be if Sturridge, Coutinho, and Firmino can stay fit and on the pitch together.”
– ubermick on the forums.
While others bemoaned the lack of a clinical edge in Liverpool’s forward play…
“Well, we have seen some great attacking play, but finishing wasn’t quite as good…
It’s just a shame that after a game like this, in the end, the penalty is what made the difference, should’ve scored 2 or 3 goals at least.”
– johnny-mne on the forums.
Including Klopp himself…
Many showed their respect for a strong Augsburg following, who stayed at Anfield long beyond the final whistle…
Crucially, however, most supporters were simply relieved to make it through, with eyes now turning to Sunday’s League Cup final…
“We’re through, that’s what matters. Hopefully we play better on Sunday.”
– shankly96 on the forums.
Liverpool take on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, looking to seal the first piece of silverware of Klopp’s reign on Merseyside.
Liverpool 1-0 Ausgburg
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