Peter Krawietz knows a 'big, big challenge' awaits in Germany on Thursday night as Augsburg welcome Liverpool for a Europa League clash that will see the two sides meet for the first time in history.

The Reds assistant coach made the move to Merseyside alongside Jürgen Klopp back in October, having previously been an integral part of the manager's coaching set-up at Borussia Dortmund.

His current role as part of the backroom staff at Anfield involves working with the analysis department to gather information about upcoming opponents.

Krawietz has observed enough in those studies to be wary of the German side in the opening leg of their Round of 32 tie.

Despite the Bundesliga outfit being winless in competitive matches so far in 2016, he insists Klopp's men will have to be at the top of their game to leave the WWK Arena with a positive result.

“Augsburg are a special team and it will be a tough game, and we know this because they are a tough opponent,” Krawietz told

“We know them very well. We know the coach, their style of play and we know it is a team which is very hard-working, very compact in defence [and] quick in attacking the opponent with a clear idea. We know this plan and now we have to get these answers.

“The message is that they won't change their style of play. It's always the same with high intensity of play. I think we will be prepared for this.

“You can take the [previous] results and say 'it will be easy' but I can promise it won't be easy. It's a big game for them and something like an historical game for them against LFC. This will be a big, big challenge for us.”

The coach also praised the efforts of those at Melwood who provide in-depth reports on the teams the Reds are due to face by scrutinising their recent performances with a sharp eye for detail.

Klopp and co have faced a hectic schedule ever since they arrived last year and Krawietz outlined the behind-the-scenes work helping to get the newcomers adjusted to football in the Barclays Premier League.

“I cannot watch all the games!” he said. “We have good lads over there and good experts. They are great guys also.

“It's great the amount of work they have to do, you realise the amount of games we have to play so this means them working round the clock: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over Christmas, New Year's Eve and so on.

“I know what they are doing and I recognise that they do a great job. It's very, very helpful for us because the league is new for us in England and we have to learn opponents, so we need them and we use them.

“We are very happy to work with them.”