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.
When you come from 3-1 down to win 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate… pic.twitter.com/Pv3WxL8NfA
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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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