STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here was a superb atmosphere in Germany for the first leg of this quarter final and you can expect no less at Anfield tonight – particularly with the game so delicately poised at 1-1.
That away goal could yet prove crucial for Liverpool but they are the outsiders to qualify – despite now having home advantage.
Their Premier League form this season has been solid enough (8th in the table) and come into this on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over Stoke at the weekend. They’ve been particularly strong in this tournament and remain unbeaten.
The fact they are playing Jurgen Klopp’s former club adds further spice.
The match comes the day before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy and the 3,000 travelling Dortmund fans are planning to pay their own poignant tribute to the victims by holding up a mosaic spelling out ’96’ in black and yellow, the club’s colours.
On the pitch, Klopp feels that Liverpool have to take their chances. He said: “We’ve been presented with a great chance. We certainly won’t be flying a white flag. We’re aware of Dortmund’s quality. They can play better but so can we.”
He added: “We’ve had a few wonderful atmospheres in the Europa League – the best for sure was against Manchester United. This is the level we have to jump over. Having the crowd is a bigger advantage for us than having the away goal.”
Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg
20:05 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HD
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Apr 2016 EUROPA LEAGUE B Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool
Oct 2001 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 B Dortmund
Sep 2001 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE B Dortmund 0-0 Liverpool
May 1966 EURO CUP WINNERS CUP B Dortmund 2-1 Liverpool
Tough one – so am keeping stakes fairly low with the DRAW at 5/2 with Star Sports.
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