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…
Didn't directly yield a goal, but the Coutinho-Firmino-Sturridge trifecta showed glimpses of an emerging synergy
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) February 25, 2016
First half we saw how good Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge can be. We didn't finish off the chances but the football was brilliant at times.
— Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) February 25, 2016
“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.
Get in. Job done. Attacking trio were electric at times and surely will only get better the more time they have together.
— Floyd Nundy (@TheFNundy) February 25, 2016
While others bemoaned the lack of a clinical edge in Liverpool’s forward play…
Shoulda been done and dusted earlier in the game!Thankfully seen it through nervously!to get further we need to be far more clinical.Ynwa
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) February 25, 2016
Job done, but that was poor. So many chances to score a second goal. #LFC
— Šai (@TheEngancheRole) February 25, 2016
Two leg stats, LFC v Augsburg:
Shots on target: 12-5
Shots in the box: 24-7
Should've battered them… But good job we had a pen.
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 25, 2016
“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.
— Brian Redmond LFC (@brianredmond5) February 25, 2016
Including Klopp himself…
Klopp saying what we're all thinking when asked about Liverpool's lack of goals, hopes his side are "saving them for the final." #LFC
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) February 25, 2016
Many showed their respect for a strong Augsburg following, who stayed at Anfield long beyond the final whistle…
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) February 25, 2016
Augsburg in many ways the winners as well. Gracious in defeat. Their presence has been felt. For a club of their expectations. Wow. #LFCFCA
— James Thorogood (@JMThorogood) February 25, 2016
Have so much respect for Augsburg and their fans! So full of class! Wish you nothing but the best for the future @FCA_World! ??
— Jordan Hendo Fans (@hendersonfan14) February 25, 2016
Augsburg is a quality club. Been excellent since the day we got them in the draw.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) February 25, 2016
ok Augsburg is too nice, wishing them well for the rest of the season! Amazing club!
— Narissa (@firminyoo) February 25, 2016
— Paul Siner (@iceman23siner) February 25, 2016
Crucially, however, most supporters were simply relieved to make it through, with eyes now turning to Sunday’s League Cup final…
YES! All over, #LFC are into THE LAST SIXTEEN. 1-0.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) February 25, 2016
Bang average tonight but job done. Onto Wembley ..
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) February 25, 2016
“We’re through, that’s what matters. Hopefully we play better on Sunday.”
– shankly96 on the forums.
Massive relief getting through. Not amazing play but we still won. Now we take home the cup Sunday and that'll be it.#LFC
— Dejan Lovren (@JTurnerL4) February 25, 2016
— Kauser Soze (@NinaKauser) February 25, 2016
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