In what is arguably the biggest game at Anfield this season, Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund in a crunch quarter-final tie in the Europa League this week.
Both clubs played out a 1-1 draw at the Signal Iduna Park in the first leg and will be going into this game with hardly anything to separate them. Jurgen Klopp, whose planned worked pretty well in the first leg will be confident after his side’s display against Stoke City even as a number of key players were rested and will be hoping that his team can get the better of the visitors on the night.
The German franchise are also fresh off a victory in the Bundesliga where they got a chance to rest key players and with both teams relatively fresh for this encounter, it promises to be a cracking game on the night in Liverpool.
Here is the preview of the game along with the team news, expected lineups, predictions and betting odds:
The 2nd leg of the quarter-final of the Europa League between Liverpool and Dortmund will be played on Thursday, the 14th of April at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool. The kickoff is scheduled at 8:05 pm BST (12:35 am IST on Friday).
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed in his press conference ahead of the game that the squad faces no new injuries since the game at the weekend. Skipper Jordan Henderson and striker Christian Benteke are both out of action for some time while Jordan Rossiter, Danny Ings, and Joe Gomes remain the long-term absentees for the squad. Midfielder Emre Can is back in action after sitting out the Premier League through suspension.
Tuchel will miss the services of Neven Subotic who is out for the rest of the season. The German franchise has no new injury concerns from the weekend. Keeper Weidenfeller, star players Mkhitaryan, Gundogan Aubameyang and Rues should all return to the starting line-up after being rested at the weekend.
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Allen, Can, Milner; Coutinho, Lallana; Origi
Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Bender, Hummels, Schmelzer; Weigl, Castro, Sahin, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Aubameyang
Phillipe Coutinho vs Mats Hummels:
The Liverpool’s little magician was not at his best in the first leg but has had some incredible moments at Anfield over the years. He will be hoping to get himself on the scoresheet on Thursday but will be up against Hummels who was superb last time around. This will be an interesting battle all night long on Thursday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Dejan Lovren:
The Liverpool defender go the better of Aubameyang in the first leg but the striker has been in supreme form and will be at his best at Anfield. Lovren will also have to be at his best to cope with the in-form striker who if given even a bit of space can hurt the home side. This battle can dictate the outcome of the game.
Liverpool have progressed to the next round in 11 of their past 12 European ties after drawing the first leg away from home, and they will be hoping to continue that trend on Thursday night.
Origi’s goal in the reverse leg made him the ninth Liverpool player to score in the Europa League this season. Only Napoli and Lazio (10 each) have more.
Dortmund have had more shots than any other team in the Europa League this season; a remarkable 196!
Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a European tie since taking over as manager of Liverpool. So far, he’s won four and drawn five, but this will surely be the toughest yet, as they look to secure their place in the semi-final of the competition.
Only Aritz Aduriz (nine) has scored more Europa League goals this season than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Borussia Dortmund: 7/5
Liverpool did extremely well in the first leg to come out of the game with a draw and an away goal but it will not mean much if they can’t keep the visitors at bay on the night. Playing away from home, Dortmund will be under pressure but a goal from them can get on the nerves of the Anfield faithful. With all these possibilities, this game is set to be a cracker and we expect the game to go the distance and at the least reach extra time at Anfield.