It’s only February, but for the fans and players of Augsburg, the 25th December is only a day away.
That’s according to Augsburg’s manager Markus Weinzierl, who has told the media that playing at Anfield is “like Christmas come early” (via Echo).
The German outfit landed at John Lennon airport on Wednesday morning, and trained on the hallowed turf during the afternoon.
“For most of us, coming here is a brand new experience, and we want to pull off an upset,” he said.
“Tomorrow is like Christmas come early. Everyone is buzzing – nobody needs motivating. We’ll do all we can to succeed.”
The two-legged tie is on a knife-edge ahead of Thursday’s match. After a 0-0 draw in Bavaria a week ago, a win will put us through, whereas as a score draw would send the visitors into the next round.
Weinzierl also says he’s not expected Liverpool to offer any favours in their team selection, despite the League Cup final just four days later.
“I expect a full-strength Liverpool, even if they have a final to play on Sunday,” he said.
“It’s an all-or-nothing game. I expect Liverpool to be more proactive and try to score an early goal. We know our strength on the counter though and know that if we score one, they will have to score two.”
Kick-off at Anfield is at 6pm local time.