Reds through thanks to Milner penalty

    Milner celebrates his early penalty

    Liverpool qualified for the last sixteen of the Europa League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Augsburg at Anfield.

    A Dominik Kohr handball gave James Milner the opportunity to put the Reds ahead in the fifth minute and he duly obliged by slotting the penalty into the bottom right corner.

    It could have been more comfortable for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but a series of chances were most notably wasted by Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson.

    Simon Mignolet had to be alert to make a late stop to deny Tobias Werner the chance to level the score and put the German club through on away goals.

    Klopp would have wanted to see his side make the result certain earlier on in the game with an eye on Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City. But chances were not taken and Augsburg started to assert themselves as the game wore on.

    The German saw his side play some neat attacking football, but a cutting edge and ruthless streak was missing as they failed to convert any opportunities from open play. Twelve corners were also wasted as set pieces were not capitalised on.

    Sturridge hit a post after being teed up by Coutinho, the Brazilian hit straight at Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz and Henderson wasted a fine chance from point blank range later on as the Reds toiled in front of goal.

    It could, and should, have been very different as Augsburg looked increasingly hopeful of snatching a goal back. They brought on star striker Raul Bobadilla in an attempt to seize the initiative, but the South American could not convert either of the two shots he had.

    Liverpool will find out who they face in the next round in tomorrow’s draw.

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