A trip to the Westfalenstadion has not been easy for the best clubs in Germany this season but English franchise Liverpool did extremely well to get a draw from the first leg of the Europa league tie between the Dortmund and Liverpool.
This game was marred by the homecoming of current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who ruled the Signal Iduna Park for the last 7 years.
He had some great memories as a Dortmund coach and his first memory in the stadium since leaving the job is not that bad either.
Going into a crunch game, Klopp took the gamble of putting Divock Origi into the mix leaving Sturridge on the bench. And it worked like a charm as the Belgian duly obliged with a well-taken goal in the first half.
It was a half which saw neither goalkeeper really tested.
Apart from a spell of possession for around 5 minutes halfway through the first half where Dortmund constantly opened up the Liverpool defense, there was not much to show for the home side as they went into the break a goal down.
Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho were brilliant all throughout the game as they put in a number of blocks and interception to keep the home side away from scoring.
However, it did not take long after the restart for the scores to be back level as Mats Hummels, the Dortmund skipper thumped a header past Mignolet in the opening minutes of the second half.
This was the only time that the Liverpool team allowed a Dortmund player an easy header in their penalty box and they paid the price as the home side drew level with another half to play.
But the heroics of the Liverpool defenders along with the sloppiness of both teams in the midfield saw that the game end in a 1-1 draw leaving the tie in the balance for the second leg.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson picked up an injury and is doubtful for the replay a week later as he was replaced by Joe Allen at halftime.
Roman Weidenfeller’s impact on the game cannot be undermined. He kept his penalty box away from harms reach and also stopped Origi from scoring in a one on situation making sure that Liverpool does not get a 2 goal lead in the first half.
Aubameyang and Reus both had a quite game as they were patrolled continuously by the Liverpool back four who put in a great shift in front of Klopp’s previous owners.
It was good to see both teams with high-intensity settle for a draw, but there will be a winner at Anfield in a weeks time and it will be interesting to see if Klopp makes any more changes to the squad.
But for the moment, the quarter-final is perfectly poised with both teams having equal chances and playing at home, Liverpool will be hoping to get the better of the German club next week.
Liverpool plays Stoke City at Anfield this weekend in the Premier League.