Liverpool 1-0 FC Augsburg (agg. 1-0)

Liverpool midfielder James Milner (centre) scores a penalty against Augsburg

Milner has scored a penalty in each of his last two Europa League games at Anfield for Liverpool

Liverpool warmed up for the Capital One Cup final on Sunday by reaching the last 16 of the Europa League with a win over Augsburg at Anfield.

Following a goalless first leg, James Milner scored a penalty after Dominik Kohr’s handball to put the Reds ahead.

Liverpool failed to take their chances and a Lucas Leiva back-pass released Augsburg’s Caiuby but he shot wide.

An away goal would have put the Germans through and Reds keeper Simon Mignolet had to save from Tobias Werner late on.

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Liverpool lack cutting edge

The Reds would have wanted to put this tie to bed as quickly as possible with the Wembley showpiece against City on Sunday and they were aided by the early penalty.

Liverpool pressed high up the pitch and played some stylish football but, with six goals in seven previous Europa League outings this season, they again struggled in front of goal and failed to turn their superiority into a bigger lead.

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho had a promising chance when he was set up by Daniel Sturridge, only to see his stabbed shot from eight yards saved by keeper Marwin Hitz.

England international Sturridge had a shot palmed on to a post after a Coutinho pull-back and the striker also sent a shot just wide when he was not flagged after appearing offside.

The anxiety for the home side increased as the game went on – and Reds captain Jordan Henderson had a close-range shot saved before the relief of the final whistle.

More to follow.

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