Five things learned about Liverpool in 1-0 win over Augsburg

Liverpool made it through to the last-16 of the Europa League after James Milner's penalty settled proceedings against Augsburg.

Liverpool made it through to the last-16 of the Europa League thanks to a 1-0 win over Augsburg in the Europa League, with James Milner's penalty proving enough to book the side's place in the next round of the competition. 

The Reds had several chances to put the game to bed but instead it became a nervy finish as the Bundesliga side put the pressure on in the second half.

Overall, Jurgen Klopp's side deserved their place in the next round but it was far from convincing, and probably not the ideal preparation for Sunday's League Cup final against Manchester City.

Here is what we may have learned from the Reds' display: 

Even with Sturridge, there's still a lack of ruthlessness

There were a couple of chances that came Liverpool's main striker's way that he ought to have done better with, especially just after half time. Liverpool had several chances to put the game to bed, but didn't - and it shows they can't just rely on Sturridge to bang the goals in. Then again, Liverpool have tended to win some high scoring games this season - just look at wins over Norwich, Manchester City and Southampton. It may be a case of as soon as the front unit hits their stride then Liverpool will start finding the net more regularly.

Reds missing experienced central midfielder for similar situations

There were a couple of times when the middle of the park look exposed for Liverpool when Augsburg sensed the opportunity to snatch an away goal. There was no-one to put their foot on the ball and there seemed to be a lack of thought. The example that sticks out is that when James Milner was in need of treatment and play goes on, when Liverpool ought to kick the ball out, take the sting out of the game, and get the ball back soon after. They need to learn how to play in the box seat, and it just takes one person with know how to lead by example.

Slim chance of Caulker making his loan move permanent

One of the main selection questions ahead of the game was whether Kolo Toure would be given a rest before Wembley given the shortage of fit centre-backs. He was, but Steven Caulker was on the bench instead of in the starting line-up, with Lucas Leiva, naturally a midfield player, selected ahead of him. If that's going to be the way of things, Caulker's stay at Anfield is only going to be a brief one.  

Clear that Klopp is trying to drill his side into playing in a European way

The Liverpool manager clearly wants his side to be a European force, and they need to learn how to play in Europe again. Despite a poor performance in the first leg, he told his side it wasn't a bad result. Klopp was visibly displeased by some bits of decision making from his view on the sideline, and he will want his side to be smarter in possession, but judging by the side's shape, there seems to be a bit more emphasis on organisation when they get their noses in front. 

Three consecutive clean sheets should bring some confidence at least

There are still issues in the Liverpool defence, but they should take some confidence from their past three games. While there may have been some late pressure from Augsburg, if you take the emotion and adrenaline out of things, chances were few and far between. Yes, better teams will breach them, but there is some sort of foundation for them to build on in not letting poorer sides score past them. 

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