Fans of the English franchise Liverpool were taken on a ride back in a past as glimpses of the Istanbul miracle were showcased in their astonishing comeback on Thursday night against Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp’s Liverpool were the epitome of the ‘never say die’ attitude on the night as a late stoppage time goal from Dejan Lovren was enough to see them through to the semi-final of the competition for the first time in many years. There was plenty of drama as the Reds came back from 2 goals down to finally clinch the tie 4-3 (5-4 on aggregate).
Here are the talking points from this game at Anfield:
- Klopp brings Anfield back to life:
It has been a long time since the Kop was its full voice but Thursday night, Anfield was bouncing. Right from a nerve tingling rendition of the famous ‘You’ll never walk alone’ the Anfield faithful were loud all night and surely helped push their side into the semi-final of the competition. Klopp asked the fans to turn up as their 12th player and it is hard not to say that the supporter made all the difference on the night.
- Lovren from villain to hero in a year:
Just over a year ago, the Croatian international was one of the most hated players at Merseyside. He was shaky at back in every game and what looked like a final nail in the coffin was the penalty kick he missed in the Europa League Round of 32 game against Basel last season. That miss saw Reds knocked out of the tournament but Lovren has since then transformed into a much better player and he will be the hero for the Kop after his stoppage time heroics at Anfield on Thursday.
- Origi and Sturridge can do wonders:
Liverpool for over an year hardly had selection dilemmas atleast in front of goal. But now, with Sturridge staying fit for more than a month and Origi finding some form, Klopp will have a chance to play both the players up front. The Reds have now paired both the players for around an hour in the last two games and in this hour, Liverpool have scored 5 goals and conceded just the 1. This shows that the two strikers might be happy playing alongside each-other and can help Liverpool turn this season around even this late into the campaign.
- Dortmund wondering what hit them:
10 minutes into the game at Anfield, Dortmund looked like they brushed Liverpool aside but the second half had a completely different story. Even as Reus hit back to regain the 2 goal lead after Origi’s goal, Dortmund never looked comfortable and were vulnerable right till the end. Liverpool took advantage of this and scored 3 goals in 25 minutes to take the lead and knock the visitors out of the competition. The crowd also played its part and the whole performance from Liverpool left Tuchel and his side speechless.
- Liverpool unbeaten in Europe:
The Reds, with the 4-3 victory have now scored 10 goals in the last 4 games and conceded 5 losing none of those games. They are now the only club who is yet to lose a game in Europe and this shows the amount of work Klopp has done since moving to Anfield. Knocking Dortmund out will now see the Anfield outfit go into the semi-final of the Europa League as strong favorites to lift the title this season. Surely Liverpool will end this season on a high and will help Klopp rebuild with confidence for next season.