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Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 25, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner in action against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool scraped past Augsburg in the first knock-out round of the Europa League, after James Milner's penalty gave the Redmen a narrow 1-0 win over two legs.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 25, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against FC Augsburg at Anfield. Back row L-R: Mamadou Sakho, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge. Front row L-R: Alberto Moreno, James Milner, captain Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho Correia. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following Liverpool's win against FC Augsburg, we assess the performance of each Reds player.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A new series on This Is Anfield - here, we talk team selection for the two huge games this week.

With Jurgen Klopp on the lookout for reinforcements on the wing this summer, Hoffenheim's talented forward Kevin Volland should be on his radar.
Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, of the Netherlands, lifts the English League Cup after his team defeated Cardiff City at the final soccer match at Wembley Stadium, in London, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

Ahead of Sunday's League Cup final clash with Manchester City at Wembley, Jeff Goulding recalls Liverpool's previous success in the competition.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 28, 2010: Liverpool's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring a spectacular opening goal with team-mate and captain Steven Gerrard MBE against Sunderland during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the second of our debate series vs. The Anfield Wrap, Karl Matchett has the task of arguing why Fernando Torres was deadlier than...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, Thursday, February 24, 2011: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt celebrates scoring a late winning goal against AC Sparta Praha during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd leg match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of Augsburg’s visit to Anfield on Thursday night, we take a look at back at Liverpool’s previous victories at the last-32 stage of the Europa League.
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 30, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the Premier League match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite some poor performances on the pitch, the arrival of Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool supporters hope ahead of Sunday's League Cup final, writes Sachin Nakrani.
19.11.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs 1. FC Nuernberg, im Bild Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) // during FC Schalke 04 vs. 1. FC Nuernberg at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-11-19. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth..***** ATTENTION - OUT OF GER, CRO *****

Joel Matip made his first Bundesliga appearance since announcing he will join Liverpool this summer on Sunday, producing a strong defensive display.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 9, 2016: A general view of Upton Park before the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The potential changes to the FA Cup and League Cup are the first in a new series of debate articles between ourselves and The Anfield Wrap.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 17, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Kloppaganda)

Following the rapid rise of Tottenham Hotspur under Mauricio Pochettino, Liverpool would be wise to adopt their model as they build for success.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp has begun making his mark on Liverpool’s squad ahead of his first full season in charge and his additions are positioning the Reds for a more successful future, writes Ben Twelves.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool supporters in Kop stand before kick-off of the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When the revised 2016/17 ticket prices were announced, perhaps the biggest surprise was the end of match categorisation.

Following a change of manager and another inconsistent campaign Liverpool could undergo another major personnel overhaul this summer.
WATFORD, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 20, 2015: Liverpool's substitute Kolo Toure warms-up during the Premier League match against Watford at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While Kolo Toure is currently set to leave Liverpool on the expiry of his contract this summer, the centre-back has proved his worth of late.
AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Held to a goalless first leg in Germany, Liverpool’s poor draw with Augsburg saw the Reds pass up a huge opportunity to position themselves perfectly ahead of a vital week of the season.
AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's Kolo Toure and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after the goal-less draw against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a damp squib of a game, especially as it followed the six goal thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday, but there were still plenty of talking points.
AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against FC Augsburg at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

How the Liverpool players rated as they drew 0-0 at FC Augsburg in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Wednesday, February 17, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp with his Brazilian players Philippe Coutinho Correia and Roberto Firmino during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against FC Augsburg at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his Liverpool side as the Reds take on Augsburg in the Europa League.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Aston Villa with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As key players return and a summer of rebuilding appears on the horizon, Jurgen Klopp’s vision of the future is tentatively beginning to take shape.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 29, 2015: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Swansea City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Plagued by a persistent heel injury and with Liverpool linked with players such as Granit Xhaka - is Jordan Henderson's place assured
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Rubin Kazan. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Thursday night bringing the first of Liverpool's two legs against Europa League round-of-32 opponents FC Augsburg, the German side are in failing form.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a summer move for highly-rated Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

With Joel Matip joining Liverpool at the end of the season, we take a look at the Reds' other free transfers.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 31, 2015: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates the 3-1 victory over Chelsea with Emre Can and James Milner after the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by Lexie Lin/Propaganda)

Which Reds have improved most under Jurgen Klopp's tenure so far?
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner has always been a player who divides opinion.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Kolo Toure celebrates scoring the sixth goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 6-0 mauling of Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, and Jack Lusby was at Villa Park to take five talking points.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool romped to a 6-0 thrashing of relegation doomed Aston Villa on Sunda, with the Reds proving the blistering attacking potential now at Jurgen Klopp’ disposal.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Kolo Toure celebrates scoring the sixth goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool convincingly dispatched of a poor Aston Villa side, scoring six goals away from home for the second time this season.
Bob Paisley, Manager - Picture by: Peter Robinson / EMPICS Sport

Liverpool FC have been blessed with some remarkable men down the years. Bill Shankly, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish would have been enough to...