Liverpool v Augsburg background

Liverpool FC will aim to end FC Augsburg's maiden European campaign as they welcome the Bundesliga side to Anfield with the scoreline 0-0 ahead of their round of 32 decider.

Neither team was able to find the net at the Augsburg Arena
Neither team was able to find the net at the Augsburg Arena ©Getty Images

Liverpool FC welcome FC Augsburg to Anfield looking to pip the European debutants to a place in the UEFA Europa League last 16 after their first leg in Germany ended goalless.

• Jürgen Klopp's return to his homeland did not result in victory as his Liverpool side were kept at bay by Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, with Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Alberto Moreno all thwarted in a 0-0 stalemate.

• The result was the Reds' seventh UEFA Europa League goalless draw in total, a new competition record.

Previous meetings
• The clubs are meeting for the second time. The first leg was Augsburg's maiden encounter with English opposition.

• Liverpool's record in 33 games against German teams is W15 D12 L6 (W11 D3 L0 at home). They won their first European trophy by beating VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1973 UEFA Cup final and overcame the same opponents in the 1977 European Champion Clubs' Cup decider.

Form guide
• Liverpool are unbeaten in five European home matches (W2 D3) since a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid CF in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Augsburg have won their last two continental away fixtures.

• Liverpool lost to Beşiktaş JK on penalties in last season's round of 32 and to FC Zenit at the same stage of their previous UEFA Europa League appearance, in 2012/13. The 1973, 1976 and 2001 UEFA Cup winners last made it to the round of 16 in 2010/11, eliminating AC Sparta Praha and then bowing out to SC Braga.

• Founded in 1907, Augsburg finished fifth in Germany last term to qualify directly for the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Augsburg to Liverpool is around 1,100km.

• Augsburg's Raúl Bobadilla is currently second in this season's UEFA Europa League scoring charts on six goals behind Athletic Club's Aritz Aduriz, who has seven.

• Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno and Augsburg midfielder Piotr Trochowski were team-mates at Sevilla FC from 2012 to 2014.

• Augsburg right-back Daniel Opare featured in the second leg as Beşiktaş eliminated Liverpool last year.

• Augsburg's Austrian goalkeeper Alex Manninger was at Arsenal FC from 1997 to 2002, as back-up to David Seaman.

• Augsburg's Greek international Kostas Stafylidis played in England with Fulham FC (2014/15) – he, Dominik Kohr and Liverpool's Emre Can were team-mates at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2013/14.

• While at Leverkusen, Can scored two of his four Bundesliga goals against Augsburg – in a 2-1 home win on 26 October 2013 and in a 3-1 away victory on 26 March 2014.

• Liverpool's Roberto Firmino has also played in the Bundesliga (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 2011–15).

• Augsburg's South Korea striker Ji Dong-won was on the books at Dortmund during Klopp's time in charge. He managed two goals in 24 Premier League appearances for Sunderland AFC between 2011 and 2014.

The coaches
• Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager last October. His Dortmund side won the Bundesliga in 2010/11, scooped a double the next season and lost to FC Bayern München in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final.

• Ausgburg coach Markus Weinzierl's playing career peaked when he spent a season with the first-team squad at Bayern, though he never played a senior game. Augsburg appointed him in 2012 following a spell at SSV Jahn Regensburg and he has thrived in the role, last term's fifth-place finish a club best.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Liverpool's record in four UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L1:
W 4-2 N v AS Roma (1983/84 European Champion Clubs' Cup final)
W 3-2 N v AC Milan (2004/05 UEFA Champions League final)
W 4-1 H v Chelsea FC (2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-finals)
L 5-4 A v Beşiktaş JK (2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32)

• Augsburg have yet to feature in a UEFA penalty shoot-out.

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