The visitors started with the same team that thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 on the weekend.
Liverpool would’ve wanted to try to win the game in the first leg, so that they get enough rest for the League Cup final next Sunday. Though, this weekend they’re free due to being out of the FA Cup, a rare week between games.
It wasn’t an interesting game as Jurgen Klopp didn’t use a second striker, and they often fail to impress this way. There wasn’t much to write home about either.
Coutinho was involved in a few nice touches but they couldn’t muster a clear opening. The best chance of the first half fell to Firminho who’s pressing led to being clean through. He could’ve passed it to Daniel Sturridge for an easy goal, but he went for it himself and couldn’t find his balance, resulting in a scuffed shot straight to the keeper.
In the second half Liverpool showed more urgency in the first 15 minutes. James Milner found some joy on the right and a low wide ball was staring in front of goal, on a plate for Sturridge who somehow steered it well wide.
The English striker isn’t fully fit yet and was taken off for the last half hour. Divock Origi came on but Liverpool looked worse then, looked tired and out of ideas.
They couldn’t create much through the middle, and wide crosses fell to nobody. Then Augsburg had a glorious chance as Milner got caught on the ball. Stayflidis shot wide but it nearly fell to Caiuby, who could’ve got the winner if he got anything on it.
Ten minutes later on the 86th minute the Brazilian Caiuby nearled scored from a header but hit the post. Liverpool were looking tired and would do a weeks rest and will then have it all to do at Anfield in the second leg.