Liverpool stage an amazing comeback at Anfield to defeat Borussia Dortmund
And then there were four. Liverpool are through to the semi-final stage of the Europa League although that doesn’t tell the story of how the Reds came from 3-1 and 4-2 down on aggregate to win 5-4 and knock out Borussia Dortmund.
A late Dejan Lovren header completed the comeback and means that Liverpool are now favourites to win the Europa League this season, with Ladbrokes offering a best price 7/4 about Jurgen Klopp’s men landing the trophy.
It would mean that the Reds qualify for the Champions League next season, with UEFA making a spot available for the winner of Europe’s secondary competition and Liverpool will certainly be taking things seriously from this point onwards.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful night,” said Jürgen Klopp, who for most of the game had looked likely to be upstaged by his old team. “That was football at its best, a great game to experience for everyone involved. We wanted to be brave but that becomes more difficult when you go behind so early, though in the end I think the result was deserved. We might have got a little bit lucky but we never stopped trying and we created a lot of chances.
“Let us get through the semi-final first,” he added. “We have just played a brilliant, outstanding game, but we are bound to get a really strong opponent in the next round and we will have to do it all over again.
“The counter-attack of Dortmund is well known, and they hit us twice,” he said. “Very often in football the game would have been over, but not here, not with this Liverpool team. As was proved in 2005 when Liverpool came back from three goals down to win a Champions League final, anything is possible if you try.
“It did not really look likely at first, but when we started to come back everyone could see something changed inside the stadium. You could feel it and smell it. We had to show our character and that’s exactly what the lads did. It was pretty cool to watch, but the lads deserve all the credit.”
Sevilla are the reigning champions and the Spanish side are possibly the ones to avoid in the semi-final draw, with William Hill quoting 5/2 about them claiming a third successive Europa League crown.
Villarreal are a 9/2 chance while Shakhtar Donetsk are surprisingly big at 11/2 (bet365) considering the way that they dismissed Braga at the quarter final stage.