Charlie Nicholas highlights Jurgen Klopp's big problem, explains Liverpool v Augsburg prediction

Charlie Nicholas believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a big problem with what team to play against Augsburg this evening.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Liverpool will 'stumble over the line' against Augsburg this evening.

The Reds have been inconsistent under Jurgen Klopp since his appointment back in October, as the Reds players learn how the German wants to play at Anfield.

Tonight, Liverpool take on Bundesliga side Augsburg in the second leg of their Europa League clash, having drawn the first leg in Germany 0-0 last week.

Klopp's men will be expected to pick up the win, but Liverpool may have a problem on their hands, according to pundit Charlie Nicholas.

Nicholas told Sky Sports that he thinks Liverpool have a real decision to make, given that they are in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City this weekend, meaning Klopp may have to field a rotated side for one of those games.

The big decision for Klopp, in Nicholas' mind, is whether injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge is risked in favour of under-pressure forward Christian Benteke, who has struggled to live up to his billing since signing from Premier League rivals Aston Villa last summer.

Ultimately, Nicholas believes that Liverpool - despite their shaky home form - will edge past Augsburg with a 1-0 victory tonight, sending them into the next round.

"I still think it's difficult for Liverpool," said Nicholas. "They're not very good at home, some might even say they're not great away either, and it's one of these situations where they tend to get frustrated when they try to control games.

"What does Jurgen Klopp do with the Capital One Cup final on Sunday? Does he risk Daniel Sturridge, because I don't think he can really force him into two big games in four days? Does he give Christian Benteke another chance? I think if I was Klopp I'd be more interested in winning the final and I think he'll go with a strong side but not his strongest, leaving Sturridge on the bench. I see Liverpool stumbling over the line here," he added.

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