Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund

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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says a passionate Anfield crowd for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund is better than an away goal.

    The Reds drew 1-1 in the first leg in Germany last week.

    “We’ve been presented with a great chance,” said ex-Dortmund boss Klopp.

    “We certainly won’t be flying a white flag. We’re aware of Dortmund’s quality. They can play better but so can we.”

    Klopp, 48, claimed the atmosphere generated by the Liverpool fans against Manchester United in the previous round was key to their 2-0 home win.[1]

    He said: “We’ve had a few wonderful atmospheres in the Europa League – the best for sure was against Manchester United. This is the level we have to jump over.

    “Having the crowd is a bigger advantage for us than having the away goal.”

    Sturridge or Origi? Or both?

    Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi<!–

    With Liverpool nine points off fourth place in the Premier League, winning the Europa League appears to be their best chance of securing a spot in next season’s Champions League.

    Klopp must make a decision on the make-up of his attack.

    Divock Origi scored the away goal in Dortmund, while Daniel Sturridge started Sunday’s 4-1 league win[2] over Stoke City.

    “It is not about how many strikers we have on the pitch,” said Klopp.

    “It is not about a formation. We have a few different possibilities to find the line-up and there is no final decision.”

    Dortmund fans to pay Hillsborough tribute

    Dortmund drew 2-2 at Schalke on Sunday and are seven points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with five games remaining.

    Boss Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Klopp last summer, said: “If this is pressure I love it. We want to attack and take risks.”

    The Europa League tie is a day before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, when 96 Liverpool supporters died.

    The 3,000 travelling Dortmund fans are planning to pay tribute[3] to the victims by holding up a mosaic spelling out ’96’ in black and yellow, the club’s colours.

    Borussia Dortmund fans<!–

    References

    1. ^ 2-0 home win. (www.bbc.co.uk)
    2. ^ 4-1 league win (www.bbc.co.uk)
    3. ^ planning to pay tribute (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

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