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…
Not a bad performance but really needed a result here. I'd rest a few players in the 2nd leg for the final
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) February 18, 2016
All this moaning again. Not a perfect result, not a vintage performance, but i'll take it. Still in the tie, no injuries too
— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@YaroLFC) February 18, 2016
Grim game. But City only have an extra days rest & a midweek trip to Ukraine so no huge advantage. And they play Chelsea this weekend. #LFC.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) February 18, 2016
Others vented their disappointment…
Augsburg good value for the draw. As for LFC, pretty underwhelming I'd say.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) February 18, 2016
“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.
Bang average again. Lucky to be coming out of this one with a draw. #LFC
— Trust me (@trustme_sq) February 18, 2016
— Chris Kirkham (@therealkirkyiom) February 18, 2016
Drawing isn't the issue but being made to look second best by a team that sits 14th in the Bundesliga definitely raises a lot of questions.
— The Scouse Foodie (@SalilG_LFC) February 18, 2016
Was expecting Liverpool to overwhelm Augsburg tonight. Perhaps I was naive, but the performance was so disjointed from #LFC.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) February 18, 2016
Not the worst result but disappointing. Little or nothing down the right hand side & didn't convert the few chances we did create. #LFC
— SSBdotcom (@SSB95332892) February 18, 2016
“Disappointing result, can’t escape that.”
– Art Morte6 on the forums.
A feeling of boredom was rife…
— Kop Magazine (@TheKopMagazine) February 18, 2016
That'll do for a match report.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) February 18, 2016
Well that was an exhilarating night's football ?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 18, 2016
“Shades of Bordeaux in September.”
– El Dorado on the forums.
I'd have preferred to watch 90 minutes of Kolo hugging people to be honest
— Mark Jones (@Mark_Jones86) February 18, 2016
But some turned toward the club’s European history for comfort…
Keep it tight away and win at home. We won European cups playing this way, so chill #LFC
— Gareth (@mcstrag) February 18, 2016
Our rich European history is built on solid, if uninspiring, away performances like that. Take a history lesson.
— Tony (@Tony_K1892) February 18, 2016
Fortunately, there were some positive statistics for supporters to cling to…
I guess a week ago if you'd been offered two clean sheets and six goals scored in the next two, you'd be happy…
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 18, 2016
0 – Liverpool are the first team to keep a clean sheet against Augsburg in the Europa League this season. Drilled.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 18, 2016
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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