Liverpool managed to hold on to a crucial draw on Thursday as manager Jurgen Klopp returned to the yellow doom for the first times since leaving the Signal Iduna Park at the end of the last year.
Divock Origi’s goal was canceled out by Mats Hummels whose equalizer saved the blushes for the home side who will now need to get a result from Anfield to stay in the tournament. There were plenty of gutsy performances in this game that was nothing less than a spectacle.
Here are the player ratings for the both the side from this game:
R Weidenfeller (3.5):
He pulled off a number of saves including a one-on-one with Origi to keep his side in the hunt until the final whistle in a man of the match performance from the shot-stopper.
M Schmelzer (3):
Was solid at the back but hardly provided any support in attack as his final ball was disappointing more often than not.
M Hummels (3.5):
Was superb at the heart of the defense for his side and also scored the equalizer to have something to take to Anfield.
S Bender (2.5):
Struggled at times outside his box against the pace of Origi but was generally solid at the back.
L Piszczek (2.5):
Stuck to his task at the back well but needed to add a bit more width in the final third.
E Durm (2.5):
Could not help his team set up attacks on the right wing on a poor night for the player.
J Weigel (2.5):
Tried to keep the game running with simple passes but he needed to do more to open the Liverpool defense.
H Mkhitaryan (3.5):
The biggest threat for Liverpool on the night, Mkhitaryan was in good form as he troubled the Liverpool midfield and also got himself an assist on the night.
M Reus (3):
Showed his class at times but was never given enough space to hurt the Reds.
P Aubameyang (2.5):
Was a lone figure for most of the game as he failed to link-up with his team-mates in an unusually poor game.
S Papastathopoulos (2.5)
C Pulisic (2.5)
N Sahin (3)
S Mignolet (3):
Made a couple of important saves and also did well to keep any ariel threat away from his area in a decent game for the shot-stopper.
N Clyne (3.5):
Hardly put a foot wrong in an accomplished performance against the likes of Reus who was afforded no space and time on the ball.
D Lovren (3.5):
Yet another strong showing from the Southampton man who is looking stronger and stronger as games go by under the new manager.
M Sakho (3.5):
Not pretty on the eye but more than effective, Sakho was a beast in front of goal on the night as he won 100% of his ariel duel with Aubameyang in a superb game for the Frenchman.
A Moreno (3):
Started the game positively and tried to keep up the work until the end of the game. Put in a good defensive shift on the night.
E Can (3):
Was at times careless with the ball but was generally at the right place at the right time to sniff away any Dortmund attacks in a deep midfield role.
J Henderson (2):
Looked out of sorts right from the beginning as he misplaced most of the passes he attempted. Picked up an injury and was replaced at half-time.
J Milner (3):
Stuck to his task well as he was full of energy all night and also put in a good shift in the middle after
Henderson was replaced.
A Lallana (3):
His usual self as he put in all the yards to press the Dortmund players in a game where he could not really turn the provider.
P Coutinho (3.5):
Almost scored a goal twice and was generally smart with his passing in a game where he slowly faded away.
D Origi (3.5):
Defended his manager’s decision to start him up front by scoring the first goal of the game and was relentless with his runs into the box as he troubled the Dortmund back four all game.
J Allen (3)
R Firmino (2.5)
D Sturridge (2.5)
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