On this day in 2016, Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 at Anfield to go through to the semi-final of the Europa League.
The first leg was away in Germany and Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead and that crucial away goal. Dortmund then equalised through Mats Hummels in the second half and the Reds left Westfalenstadion with a draw.
In the second leg fans expected big things from Jurgen and Klopp and his team against his former side and knew they had to pull out all the stops. It didn’t start well with Dortmund taking the lead through Henrikh Mkyitaryan on the 5th minute, Aubameyang then struck on the 9th minute to give Dortmund a 3-1 advantage on aggregate going into the second half.
Liverpool came out all guns blazing in the second half and Divock Origi pulled a goal back on 48 minutes to get his team going. With the Reds only needing two goals it looked like it could happen but then Marco Reus got the better of Nathaniel Clyne and struck a low effort into the far corner of the net and out of reach of Simon Mignolet.
The game looked dead and buried and we thought there was no way we could score three goals against this Dortmund side now, that was until the 66th minute when Phil Coutinho struck a lovely curling shot past Roman Weidenfeller and into the net to restore some hope, fast forward ten minutes later to Mamadou Sakho heading the ball into the net from a corner to get Liverpool level. The Reds still need one more goal to get through to the semi-final and up stepped an unlikely hero in Dejan Lovren.
Liverpool win a free kick on the touchline and we were all hoping that the ball was going to be whipped in and someone could get their head onto it, instead the ball was sent down the line to Daniel Sturridge and after struggling to get it out of his feet he passed it on to Milner who was overlapping him on the right, he sent the ball into the box and the big man from the back was there to head the ball in on the 90th minute to restore Liverpool’s lead.
Liverpool went on to face Villareal in the semi-finals and came out on top to book a place in the Europea league final. It was unfortunate that the Red;s fell at the final hurdle but they played some great games along the way and gave the fans some amazing memories.
Article by Lauren Black – @LaurenBlack9
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