Liverpool draw German side Augsburg in Europa League round of 32

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Liverpool have drawn Bundesliga outfit Augsburg in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Currently sat in a lowly 13th in Germany's top tier, Augsburg appear a comfortable opponent whom the Reds will fancy their chances against.

The first leg will take place at the WWK Arena on February 18, with the return fixture held at Anfield a week later.


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Following a disappointing away performance against Swiss side FC Sion in their final group stage game last Thursday, Liverpool have two months to prepare thusly and ensure their European performances improve.

After avoiding difficult trips to Ukraine and Russia, the Reds face a more homely return for Jurgen Klopp, who spent much of his playing and managerial career in Germany.

Augsburg progressed into the last 32 after finishing second in their group, which featured table-toppers Athletic Bilbao, AZ Alkmaar and Partizan, the latter losing out due to an inferior goal difference.

Liverpool have won the Europa League on three separate occasions - the latest being in 2001 - and will be looking to make it four when the final takes place in Basel on May 18, 2016.

After a trophy-less spell with Brendan Rodgers in charge, this could prove to be the Merseysiders best chance of success this season and a huge step in the right direction under Klopp.

With a few tweaks and potential new arrivals in January, specifically regarding their defence, Liverpool could mount a serious challenge to win the competition and gain qualification for next season's Champions League without having the stress of pushing for a top-four finish.

Elsewhere, Manchester United drew Danish side FC Midtjylland, whilst Tottenham will face Italians Fiorentina in the last 32.

Steven Gerrard
Premier League

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