Emotions will be flowing high at the Iduna Park this Thursday as Borussia Dortmund’s hero Jurgen Klopp is back in town for a European encounter. Liverpool takes on the yellow army this week in the first leg of the quarter-final of the Europa league and it will be a historic game for both sides who are well known for the amount of support they get from their fans.
Going into this game, Klopp’s team were given a big boost as in-form forward Roberto Firmino is back in action after facing a two-week lay-off due to injury. The manager has no new problems going into this game while Lucas Leiva and Christian Benteke are reported to be on their way back to match fitness.
It will be an interesting dilemma for Klopp now that all his first choice outfield players are fit for this game. Here is the strongest line-up Liverpool can field to play Dortmund on Thursday:
The Belgian shot-stopper was not really tested against Tottenham Hotspur in the weekend but he will have to be on his heels against a free flowing Dortmund side.
The undisputed right back for Liverpool will have a huge task in Germany when he will be up against he pace of the wingers in the home side.
Improving by the game under Klopp, Lovren will play a big role in the heart of the Liverpool defense and he will have to keep the likes of Aubameyang and Reus quite if Liverpool are to get anything from this game.
Though looked shaky at the weekend, Sakho is an accomplished defender who will cherish the challenges thrown at him at the Iduna Park this week.
Often criticized for his lack of discipline, Moreno, who will start this game will have to be defensively solid if Liverpool are to keep Dortmund away from harms reach.
Coming back to Germany, Can will have to control the midfield for Liverpool on the night and will have to be strong and astute against the intelligent mid-field of the home side.
The skipper of the team will have to lead by example and will have to produce some brilliant moments to keep his team in the hunt and take the match to the second leg.
Another player who is a good form at the moment, Lallana will once again be deployed behind the striker and he will have to be smart with his passing if Liverpool are break Dortmund down on the night.
Coming back from injury, Firmino will not find it easy against the Dortmund defense which has been miserly this season. He, however, is capable of producing moments of brilliance and Liverpool will be hoping for one on Thursday.
The most creative player in the squad, Coutinho will surely be given no space and time on the ball but he is capable of hurting the home side if they lose him even for a minute.
Though looked lethargic against Tottenham, Sturridge is still Liverpool’s major goal-scoring threat and he will find his place in the starting XI on Thursday.