Summer Transfer Window – Who Should Your Club Sign?

 

After a fantastic finish to the 2016/17 Premier League season, it’s time for clubs to focus on the summer transfer window. In this article we have given our opinions on who each of the ‘top 6’ clubs should try to sign before the start of the new season.

Arsenal search for a new striker…

Arsenal’s chairman Chips Keswick has given Arsene Wenger £100m to spend this summer. The Gunners’ are looking to sign Malaga duo, Sandro Ramirez and Pablo Fornals, but also looking to keep their talisman Alexis Sanchez and creator Mezut Ozil, both only have 12 months left on their lucrative contracts. Their FA triumph and improved salaries of £200k + will play a big part in the negotiations.

Arsenal targets:

Dream – Kylian Mbappé Lottin

Realistic – Alexandre Lacazette

Eventmasters suggest – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Wildcard – Anthony Martial

Champions Chelsea looks to bolster their squad…

New Champions, Chelsea, are prepared to splash the cash on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. Their main target for defence is Dutch centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk, from Southampton but are prepared to explore other options. Despite their Premier League triumph, Conte will struggle to keep Eden Hazard if Real Madrid submit a world-record transfer fee of £100m. The La Liga Champions believes Zidane’s presence will help entice Hazard to leave.

Chelsea targets:

Dream –Jerome Boateng

Realistic – Álvaro Morata

Eventmasters suggest – Andrea Belotti

Wildcard – Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United need real quality to win the Premier League…

The UEL winners, Manchester United, have also been approached by the Spanish giants for their formidable goalkeeper David De Gea. The rumours are that Manchester United have already rejected a £60m bid. Mourinho will be reluctant to sell their star goalkeeper as the summer transfer window kicks into gear.

The Red Devils are keen on signing a list of players from La Liga this year, Antoine Griezmann being one. If the French-man is to leave Atletico this summer Old Trafford looks to be the most realistic destination.

Manchester United targets:

Dream – Gareth Bale

Realistic – Antoine Griezmann

Eventmasters suggest – Paulo Dybala

Wildcard – Sergio Aguero

Manchester City prepares to splash the cash…

Manchester City has made their intentions clear early in the transfer window by signing one of the hottest prospects in Europe; Bernardo Silva from Monaco. If the rumours are true then Benfica’s young goalkeeper Ederson will also be signed for City in the coming days bringing their spending to over £70m… but they are nowhere near finished. Pep Guardiola has already admitted that he wants to bring in new full-backs with Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy all on the shortlist.

Man City targets:

Dream – David Alaba

Realistic – Ederson Santana de Moraes

Eventmasters suggest – Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (Isco)

Wildcard – Daley Blind

Tottenham search for the missing piece of the puzzle…

Spurs finished 2nd in the 16/17 Premier League despite having the best attack, best defence and the league’s top goal scorer. Tottenham only needs a couple of signings that will add real quality to the squad. So far Tottenham have kept their cards close to their chest but they will, without a doubt, be working hard behind the scenes to prepare for next season.  Crystal Palace’s star man Zaha is a name heavily linked with a move to Spurs, but Palace has said they will accept no less than £30m.

Tottenham targets:

Dream – Marco Reus

Realistic – Wilfred Zaha

Eventmasters suggest – Yannick Ferreira Carrasco

Wildcard – Demarai Gray

Liverpool to make quality additions to their squad…

Liverpool finished 4th in the Premier League last season securing Champions League football. At the start of the season most Liverpool fans would have been more than happy with that, however they started the season so well that some fans would have expected more. The Reds do not have the biggest squad compared to their rivals and really struggled over the Christmas period with a number of injured. Klopp will need to make quality additions to his squad to really challenge for the title. In recent weeks they have been linked with RB Leipzig star Naby Keïta, Virgil Van Dijk and Lacazette.

Liverpool targets:

Dream – Alexandre Lacazette

Realistic – Virgill Van Dijk

Eventmasters suggest – Kasper Dolberg

Wildcard – Ross Barkely

What’s next?

From now until 31st August 2017 every team across Europe will be competition for quality players in the transfer market. Most managers will want to get their transfer business sorted early to avoid the hectic Transfer Dead Line Day.

During summer 2016 Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history following his £89m move to Manchester United. The combined spend of Premier League clubs also exceeded £900m.

Could these records be broken again this summer?

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Liverpool draw a blank against Southampton

Liverpool faced one of their toughest tasks in their race for Champions League qualification to date… Southampton. The Reds have met Southampton 3 times already this season and have failed to score on all three occasions. The Reds dominated the game in terms of possession but failed for produce that moment of magic to break the Southampton defence. Liverpool were awarded a penalty but James Milner failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his Liverpool career. Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the table, if they win all of their remaining games they will playing in the Champions League next season.

Claude Puel said after the match:

“It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.”

Liverpool’s next game is on 14th May 2017 against West Ham United.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to The Emirates

Manchester United arrived at the Emirates in good form, on Thursday they secured a 1-0 away win against Celta Vigo in the Champions League. The Red Devils were also on a 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, their last defeat came against Chelsea back in October.

The first 30 minutes of the game was uneventful both sides wanted to keep things tight and grow in to the game. Out of nowhere Arsenal midfielder Xhaka let a shot fly from 35-yards out, the shot took a massive deflection off Herrera and left De Gea with no chance. Following the goal Arsenal were full of confidence and managed to bag a second goal thanks to a Welbeck header.

Mourinho did react to the goals and brought on Rashford and Lingard, despite their best efforts Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and won the game 2-0. This was Wenger’s first ever Premier League win over Mourinho and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Premier League Game Week 32 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 32.

All the big boys stamped their authority on the weekend Premier League games as they ramped their performances up for the final run-in.

The Chelsea title charge continues

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, outclassing plucky Bournemouth 3-1.

They got lucky with the first goal – Diego Costa’s scuffed shot went in off the head of grounded home defender Adam Smith.

But the second was magnificent.

Eden Hazard raced onto a long pass, rounded Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc and slid the ball into the net.

Joshua King got one back with a long-range deflected effort.

But Chelsea were always in control and secured the points through Marcos Alonso.

His lovely free-kick cleared the wall and nestled into the net without Boruc even moving.

Tottenham keep the pressure on Chelsea with impressive win

Tottenham made hay in the sun, thrashing Waford 4-0.

Dele Alli curled a beauty into the top corner.

And then the floodgates opened as Eric Dier smashed in a deflected cross and Son Heung-min added a third just before the break.

After half-time Son further confirmed Spurs’ dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier’s cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

He could have had a hat-trick, while Harry Kane, returning from injury as a second-half substitute, smacked the bar with a late strike.

Manchester City end their winless run

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with an easy victory over struggling Hull City.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium as the defender turned in Jesus Navas’ low cross.

Raheem Sterling set up Sergio Aguero and then Fabian Delph picked up a rare score.

Andrea Ranocchia pulled one back late on, as dodgy keeper Claudio Bravo allowed a weak effort to trickle past him.

Brazilian magic saves Liverpool at Stoke

A tale of two halves at Stoke as Liverpool came back to win 2-1.

All Stoke in the first period with Jon Walters heading home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

But Liverpool threw on the Ill Philippe Coutinho and the injured Roberto Firmino and both scored.

The Reds owed the sometimes shaky Simon Mignolet who made a number of fine saves.

It keeps Liverpool well in the race for a Champion League place.

Manchester United keep the pressure on the teams in the top four

Bottom club Sunderland’s got hammered by Manchester United 3-0.

Not helped by playing with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson was red carded for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United ahead with a 20-yard effort, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford notched the third.

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Premier League Game Week 26 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 26.

London 2 Provinces 0. A good weekend for the capital’s Tottenham and Chelsea.

Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to steamrollers Stoke and go second in the Premier League.

His first was a well-taken finish into the bottom corner, then a left foot half volley and he would not have cared that the fortuitous third came from a massive deflection.

Dele Alli, sent off for a horror tackle in the midweek Europa League defeat to Gent, partially redeemed himself by adding a fourth.

Chelsea notched another victory after disposing of a battling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas, marking his 300th Premier League appearance, could have scored four.

After prodding home the opener, the Spanish midfielder had a goal-bound shot deflected behind, was denied by former Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski and also hit the bar.

But this was no walkover.

Swansea equalised from their first serious attempt on target on the stroke of half-time – Fernando Llorente heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.

However, Pedro’s curler went under the poor dive of Fabianski, restoring the lead, and Diego Costa netted the third from close range.

It was a weekend when many of the top sides did not feature because of the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

No Manchester derby and Arsenal’s game at Southampton also cancelled.

But what a thrilling final it proved to be, with United squeezing home 3-2.

Will that spur on the Red Devils in the league? It just might.

With Chelsea looking like taking the crown, the three other Champions League places will be fought out by Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

It is going to be a fight to the finish.

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Premier League Game Week 25 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 25.

Brady stunner gets a point for Burnley as Chelsea remain top

Chelsea remain in pole position at the top of the Premier League despite being held by a vibrant Burnley at Turf Moor. It ended 1-1 with goals from Pedro and new home signing Robbie Brady.

For periods it looked as if Chelsea must come through as victors but by the end they would have been glad to get just the point from the game.

Chelsea did not have a single shot on target in the second half. Not that it mattered too much as the chasers keep turning over each other.

Can someone come through and challenge the leaders?

If Chelsea have a wobble, then yes. But no-one caught Leicester last year and it is beginning to look much the same this time round.

Liverpool bounceback thanks to Mane double at Anfield

Liverpool got their first decent result of 2017 by beating Spurs 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane, much missed when at the Africa Cup of Nations, scored twice.

Liverpool, who had not won in their previous five matches, will also be pleased at their heavily criticised defence keeping a clean sheet. Spurs had little to offer, extremely disappointing from their point of view.

Their starting XI is a match for anyone but shorn of two of their first choice defenders they seemed terribly vulnerable and Liverpool could have won by more.

2-0 seemed to be the dominant score of the weekend, with both Manchester United and Arsenal claiming victories by the same margin as Liverpool.

Manchester United maintain excellent form with another Old Trafford win – Arsenal breeze past Hull with Sanchez double

Manchester United, unbeaten in their past 16 Premier League games, took the lead against Watford when Anthony Martial set up Juan Mata to finish from close range.

Martial secured the victory when he fired home after a driving run. Not a vintage display from Arsenal but a much-needed win over Hull at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice, the first highly controversial after it came off his hand and ended up in the net – unsighted referee Mark Clattenburg later apologised to the visitors for missing it.

The second was a penalty in injury-time which was awarded after Sam Clucas was sent off for handball from Lucas Perez’s header.

Hull deserved better, causing Arsenal problems throughout. Will Arsene Wenger step down at the end of the season?

It is beginning to seem likely that he will cave in to the minority who claim recent seasons haven’t been good enough. But succeeding Wenger will be tough and those angry Arsenal supporters my find their side goes backwards before it can go forward.

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Premier League Game Week 23 Review 2017

After a mixed weekend for the top-flight sides in the Emirates FA Cup, sides returned to domestic matters with midweek action in the Premier League.

Liverpool battle back against leaders Chelsea and take a point after Costa’s late penalty miss

Some Premier League upsets but the big game saw the points shared 1-1 between Liverpool and Chelsea.

With the visitors seemingly on course for the title, all the neutrals had wanted the Anfield side to turn over their opponents like they did at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. But a draw was a fair result.

For all Liverpool’s pressure in the first half they had just a Georginio Winjaldum shot, comfortably beaten away by Thibaut Courtois, to show for it. The Chelsea defence was just so solid.

And, as so often happens, a dubious free kick is awarded against the Reds and before the defence has got organised David Luiz has stepped up and whacked it past Simon Mignolet.

Same old pattern of Liverpool pressure and Chelsea defiance in the second period until a cunning Jordan Henderson looping pass is nodded back into the middle via a deflection and Winjaldum heads in.

Game on. The Anfield crowd are going mad and the noise goes up a decibel or three as Mignolet saves brilliantly from a Diego Costa penalty.

Pedro could have won it. Firmino could have won it. But nobody won it.

Watford take all three points at the Emirates as Arsenal falter

Disaster for Arsenal beaten 1-2 by Watford at the Emirates. The usual story … pouring with rain, mid-winter and the Gunners’ pretty boys didn’t fancy it.

Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul grabbed the opener with a deflected hit and then Troy Deeney tapped in after Etienne Capoue had his shot saved by Petr Cech. Alex Iwobi pulled one back but it was not to be.

Tottenham unable to break stubborn Sunderland resistance

Tottenham had to settle for a point at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland fought for their lives.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated possession against the Black Cats, but a much improved defensive performance by the home side thwarted the Londoners. So Chelsea march on.

A really good side, players who complement each other, a tight system, mercurial vision and goalscorers.

Hard to see how they can be stopped.

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Premier League Game Week 12 Review

After the final international break of 2016, the Premier League returned to our screens for Game Week 12 of action.

Toure Returns With A Brace For Manchester City

Forgotten man Yaya Toure returned for Manchester City and showed his class. Dumped by Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and at odds with him at City, he marked his shock return with two goals as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away.

Connor Wickham got one back for the home side. Toure, now 33, was always the man who made City tick. But he and his stroppy agent Dimitri Seluk made it difficult for Guardiola to pick him. Toure recently apologised, ordered Seluk to sue for peace, and appears to have secured a second chance.

The fans chanted his name throughout the game, and his team-mates clapped him back into the dressing room at the final whistle. City can only benefit – the Ivorian remains a great talent.

Manchester United and Arsenal Share The Spoils At Old Trafford

Will the new karma extend to Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger? Looks unlikely, no sign of Mourinho relenting, but who knows in football.

United could perhaps do with him as they continue to misfire. Another draw at Old Trafford where Arsenal came back late on to share the spoils 1-1. The Gunners looked jaded with so many players away on international duty last week while the Red Devils are still showing far too little devil.

Olivier Giroud’s 89th-minute equaliser, heading in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross, earned Arsenal a point after Juan Mata looked to have put United on course with a sweeping left-foot finish from Ander Herrera’s cut-back.

Harry Kane Late Double Gives Tottenham Hotspur All Three Points

Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as West Ham, 2-1 up at White Hart Lane, imploded in the last ten minutes.

Michail Antonio’s first-half header was equalised by 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks on his full Premier League debut. A Manuel Lanzini’s penalty – awarded after Vincent Janssen pulled back Winston Reid in the area – put West Ham ahead once more.

But then came the Harry Kane late, late, show. First the England striker turned home from close range after good work down the left by substitute Son Heung-Min, then scored from the spot when the South Korean was brought down in the area by Havard Nordtveit.

And when with seconds to go Reid stupidly contrived to get a second yellow card West Ham’s misfortune was complete. Spurs are now 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season.

The last time that happened was in the 1960-61 season – White, Blanchflower, Mackay, Smith et al – which ended with the north Londoners claiming a league and cup double. However this time it is six wins and six draws, which leaves them chasing the big boys … like Liverpool and Chelsea.

Liverpool draw blank at Southampton – while Chelsea go top thanks to Costa

The Liverpool missed a hatful of chances as they managed a point at Southampton. Few would have called this a 0-0 draw beforehand.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary’s and Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal. Home keeper Fraser Foster proved the hero.

But Southampton showed great commitment and probably deserved something out of the game. With Liverpool drawing a blank it was left to Chelsea to overtake them as Premier League leaders.

Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the season, turning over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. The quickest to react to a loose ball in the box, he drilled it home. And it ended 0-1.

But matches against Tottenham and Manchester City now loom and we shall find out just how resilient is Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation which has made them so much more resilient.

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Premier League Game Week 11 Review

The Premier League once again provided plenty of goals and drama, as Game Week 11 saw Liverpool moved to the top of the league, but Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are hot on their heels, read our review of all the action.

Liverpool thrash Watford to go top of the Premier League

You’ll Never Walk Alone sang the Anfield army … but Watford must have felt very alone as they were battered 6-1. It meant Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time under manager Jurgen Klopp.

It has been coming, with the home side’s attacking prowess thrilling supporters – the fifth time Liverpool have scored four goals or more in the league this season.

They are now highest scorers with 30 goals from their 11 matches.

Yet they can’t seem to complete a clean sheet and others, like Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have far greater financial clout. Not something which deterred Leicester last season of course.

But a long way to go.

Sadio Mane’s flicked header put the Reds ahead before Philippe Coutinho threaded a shot through a host of defenders for number two. Adam Lallana crossed for Emre Can to head home, Roberto Firmino tapped in a Lallana cut-back before the Brazilian turned provider and Mane secured a fifth.

Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the 91st minute with his first goal for the club, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had struck the bar twice.

Watford got a late consolation through Daryl Janmaat.

Hazard sparkles again as Chelsea trounce Everton at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are getting their act together and trashed the other half of Merseyside 5-0. Eden Hazard scored twice, Marcos Alonso put through Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs, Diego Costa got his customary goal, and then Pedro tapped into an empty net.

As conclusive as it gets. Put Everton, on something of a revival, firmly back in their box. Chelsea were just brilliant and must on this form be real contenders to be champions.

Hazard and Costa had blinders.

Manchester City drop points against Middlesbrough and lose Premier League top spot

A totally different story at Manchester City – another hiccup for Pep Guardiola. Marten de Roon’s injury-time headed equaliser secured a draw for Middlesbrough.

Sergio Aguero put City ahead, stabbing in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his 150th City goal, but it wasn’t enough. City were utterly dominant, Aguero and de Bruyne missed big opportunities.

One wonders whether Guardiola and co would know where Middlesbrough was … or is that harsh. “A pity,” he commented through clenched teeth. So, 1-1 the final score.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur share the spoils in North London Derby

It was pumped up as the big one but the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur never quite reached the heights.

Kevin Wimmer’s own goal three minutes before the interval gave Arsenal the advantage but Harry Kane, back from injury, scored from the penalty spot

Both sides crashed balls against the post, but neither could make it count in the Premier League race. Honours even.

Pogba and Ibrahimovic shine as Manchester United return to winning ways

Manchester United beat second bottom Swansea 3-1, as some of their goal-shy forwards finally found the net.

Paul Pogna smacked a beauty while Zlatan Ibrahimovic squeezing one in at the near post, the 25,000th scored in the Premier League.

The Swede struck again in the 33rd minute for his 400th career goal. Mike van der Hoorn pulled a goal back for Swansea – new manager Bob Bradley is still waiting for his first win. Swansea were abject.

Jose Mourinho almost featured a second team against the Welsh strugglers, inclusive of Darmian, Jones, Carrick, Rojo and Fellaini, the sort of names pundits have cited when speculating who might get shown the door by the Portuguese coach.

None of them his own signings. Rooney was back starting and played with a smile on his face – perhaps there is life in the old dog yet. But United remain a very long journey away from scaling the heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

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Premier League Game Week 11 Preview

After the midweek European fixtures in the Champions League and Europa League, Premier League football returns this weekend with some mouth-watering fixtures in game week 11. The North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur takes centre stage on Sunday, while Chelsea v Everton and Liverpool v Watford will also be pivotal matches.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – 12:00pm (Sunday)

The biggest game of the weekend is without doubt Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, one of the biggest rivalry games in football.

The Gunners enter the game at The Emirates in fine form with four wins in the previous five Premier League games – and just one defeat all season. The form of Alexis Sanchez (6 goals) and Mesut Ozil (5 goals) has been key to this spell. After a midweek win in Ludogorets, they will be full of confidence.

Spurs on the other hand are struggling for form, without a win in the league since the beginning of October. Mauricio Pochettino’s side sit just three points behind their rivals, but this bad spell is very worrying. One big plus will be the return of star striker Harry Kane, who play for the first time since September 18th.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool v Watford – 14:15pm (Sunday)

Jurgen Klopp will be looking for his side to continue their superb form as they welcome Watford to Anfield.

Liverpool have been on fire all season, barring a blip against Burnley, the electric front-three of Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be key once again. Their movement and technical ability have been magnificent to watch. Klopp will be boosted by the return James Milner who should return at left-back. 4

Watford arrive in fine form themselves and have adapted well to life under Walter Mazzarri and should not be underestimated.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Watford

Chelsea v Everton – 17:30pm (Saturday)

One of the most entertaining games of the week could be Chelsea v Everton with two teams arriving in fine form.

Antonio Conte’s side have four consecutive Premier League victories, including a spectacular 4-0 demolition of Manchester United. PFA Fans Player of the Month, Eden Hazard (3 goals in October) has been mesmeric at times. The Belgian has rediscovered his best form after a poor season in 2015/16.

Everton have looked a rejuvenated under Ronald Koeman, with the form of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley proving valuable in recent weeks. The pair scored in the 2-0 victory over West Ham last week and will be key once again.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-2 Everton

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Liverpool complete remarkable comeback in Europa League

On one of the greatest European nights Anfield has ever seen Liverpool completed an unbelievable comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on the night (5-4 agg) to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

After a 1-1 draw in the first-leg, Jurgen Klopp’s men knew that a goalless draw would be enough to see them through to the next round, but that was never going to be the case with two of Europe’s most attacking sides.

Dortmund started the game at a rip-roaring pace and took the lead after just five minutes. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his shot well saved by Simon Mingolet, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan was on hand to put away the rebound. Just four minutes later the German giants were two goals to the good, as Aubameyang finished off a swift counter-attack with superb finish into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

The game could have been all over by half-time but Dortmund were unable to capitalise on a number of good chances, as Liverpool struggled to cope with the pace and precision of the attacking play.

Klopp’s half-time talk has desired effect as Liverpool produce superb attacking display

Whatever Jurgen Klopp said at half-time clearly had the desired effect, after a neat piece of play Emre Can played a great ball in behind the defence and Divock Origi raced onto the ball and slotted the ball home to make it 2-1.

But Dortmund hit straight back and looked to have sealed their place in the semis; Mats Hummels played a delightful ball inside Nathaniel Clyne and Marco Reus kept his composure with a well-placed finish past Mingolet. 3-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate, surely Liverpool were done.

But this was Anfield and we all know the history. In the 65th minute Liverpool scored a stunning team goal, with some great passing and movement. James Milner flicked the ball into the path of Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian fired the ball home from 20-yards out.

13 minutes before the end the game and the tie was all-square after Mamadou Sakho headed home James Milner’s corner. But the away goals rule meant The Reds needed another goal to go through.

There was one more twist in the tale. In the 90th minute captain Milner found his way to the line and chipped a wonderful ball to the back post and Dejan Lovren was on hand to head home and send Anfield wild. What a comeback. What a game. Game of the season.

After the game Klopp said: “Very often in football the game is over then but not here, not with this Liverpool team.

“That is the moment in football and life when you have to show character and that’s what the lads did. It was pretty cool to watch.

“We needed three goals and I said that, even if it is not really likely, it is possible and we should try to do it.”

Now Liverpool face Villarreal in the semi-finals with the second leg taking place at Anfield on Thursday 5th May.

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