Dejan Lovren sends Dortmund crashing out of the Europa League
Anfield was rocking from its bed as it is supposed to and it only got better when Dejan Lovren rose high in front of the Kop to thump home an incredible winner in stoppage time to take Liverpool to a remarkable victory only the Reds are accustomed to.
In Istanbul, against Milan, Liverpool were 3-0 down and came back to draw level at 3-2 but on Thursday, the Reds went into the game with an away goal advantage which proved to be nothing come to the end of the game.
The Dortmund players who were not affected by the occasion took full toll of the defensive lapses by the home team as Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang put the visitors 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes.
But Klopp’s side were not fazed and looked to bounce back and created more than a couple of chances before half time but went into the break needing 3 unanswered goals to qualify for the semi-final.
And right after the break, the first leg hero, Divock Origi found the net and pulled one back pouring some voice into the sea of Red at the stadium.
However, that did not last long as Reus put the visitors 3-1 up with just half an hour of the game to be played.
Though it looked like the Reds were out of it, the crowd sounded like they believed that they could get back into the game and this belief caught on to the players on the field as soon as the Brazilian maestro Phillipe Coutinho put one curling past Weidenfeller to reduce the deficit to just a goal.
But still, Liverpool needed to score twice before the final whistle and boy they did.
A stirring rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone filled the stadium as it did at the Ataturk during Liverpool’s most glorious of European nights in 2005 just as they started to turn up the heat.
And they finally found two of the most unlikely goal scorers in Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren who defensive pair scored twice in the space of 15 minutes to send Anfield into a trance and take Liverpool home.
Borussia Dortmund, who looked like they had the game in their hand after the first 10 minutes, surrendered a 2-goal lead twice on the night as manager Tuchel was left to rue his defensive mistakes that cost his team a place in the semi-final.
Klopp on the other end was spot on with his substitutions as he bought Allen and Sturridge on, both of whom had big roles to play in the final two goals in the game.
Liverpool, with this victory, kept their unbeaten record against German sides at Anfield and also their unbeaten record in Europe this season intact and gave the fans something to cheer about after a couple of success-less seasons.
The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, before the game, said that he needed Anfield to act as a 12th player and the manager will have no complaints from his fans.
The whole ground was rocking and even as the final whistle was blown, no one from Anfield were ready to make their way out of the stadium as they sat in disbelief as to what they just witnessed.
Liverpool scored 4 second half goals to knock the favorites of the tournament out in the quarter-final and will be hoping to go all the way until the final.
Though it was not as glorious as the Istanbul miracle in 2005, surely this game will stay in the memory of the Anfield faithful for a long time.
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