Football: Klopp frustrated as Liverpool held by Augsburg in Europa League

A penalty box scramble during the Europa League match between Augsburg and Liverpool.
A penalty box scramble during the Europa League match between Augsburg and Liverpool. PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (AFP) - Jurgen Klopp had a frustrating return to Germany on Thursday as his Liverpool side were held to a goalless draw at Augsburg in their Europa League last-32, first-leg clash.

Klopp says Liverpool have a good chance of winning what he describes as the "little Champions League", but the Reds' attack failed to fire in southern Bavaria.

Augsburg are just a point above the Bundesliga relegation places, but they gave Liverpool a mighty fright as South Korea's Ji Dong Won hit the post in the final five minutes.

"We had a few chances, but I can't say I am particularly happy," said Klopp. "There's no point getting carried away, 0-0 away from home isn't a bad result, but we still have a lot of work to do."

Markus Weinzierl's Augsburg have everything to play for in the return leg at Anfield on Feb25 - just three days before the Reds play Manchester City in the English League Cup final.