Liverpool are amongst the contenders to win the Europa League, in line with Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl.
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl has admitted that he would have rather faced Liverpool ahead of the club’s injury crisis began to ease.
The Europa League meeting with Jurgen Klopp’s side is Augsburg’s first competitive fixture against English opponents, and Weinzierl believes the return to fitness of players like Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho has left his players facing an uphill job.
Liverpool have welcomed Jon Flanagan back into their squad for the two-legged knockout stage tie, and Weinzierl mentioned: “I would have preferred to play against Liverpool six weeks ago.
“They are finding greater every week and injured players are coming back. With these players Liverpool can be a a great deal better group with good quality.
“We are expecting a very excellent opponent, who has the ambition to win this competitors. So the roles are clear.”
Weinzierl insisted his Augsburg are determined to produce their mark within the competition, following claims from Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can that he had to show his team-mates where the Bavarian city is positioned on a map.
“Our purpose is to play nicely and fight for any excellent position before the second leg,” stated Weinzierl.
“After that Liverpool will now where Augsburg is and how Augsburg plays.”