Borussia Dortmund v Liverpool: As it happened
Recap our extensive coverage from Germany as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their much-anticipated Europa League quarter-final.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, the boss said: "I’m satisfied with lots of parts of the game. Our organisation was good and we were brave with our plan.
"And around the 1-0 we were brilliant, to be honest, really good moments. We played direct football and showed what we are capable of."
Some disappointing news from the post-match press conference, where Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on the knee injury that forced Jordan Henderson off.
The manager said: "He will have a scan, we hope for everything to be okay but it doesn't look good."
To read what James Carroll thought of proceedings at Signal Iduna Park as Divock Origi claimed a potentially crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw, click here.
What did you make of that, Reds? https://t.co/OJhAjybvUn— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Apr 21:06
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL
The referee blows his whistle and that's that. What a performance from the Reds to keep out a dangerous, dangerous opponent after conceding early in the second half.
Divock Origi's away goal could be crucial for Klopp's men, despite the blow of Mats Hummel's equaliser.
Bring on Anfield!
Two minutes of added time shown by the fourth official. Come on, lads!
Sturridge's first contribution is to almost waltz through the entire Dortmund defence and into the box for a shot.
Unfortunately, a BVB defender gets a foot to the ball at the death and the No.15 is denied.
Here comes Daniel Sturridge as he replaces the goalscorer Divock Origi.
Wouldn't mind seeing that dance tonight...
He hasn't been on long but already Papastathopoulos has a yellow card to his name after being deceived by Origi's touch on the turn.
A double substitution for Dortmund as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Christian Pulisic come on for Sven Bender and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And now Adam Lallana makes way for Roberto Firmino.
The Reds are being forced to dig in here but they're doing well.
The attendance tonight at Signal Iduna Park an incredible 65,848 - some turn out!
The travelling Reds have been in fine voice this evening... https://t.co/ez2H3Jf63s— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Apr 20:24
Schmelzer gets a run on Lovren who has little choice but to bring him down just outside the box.
Thankfully, Mignolet is steady in getting down to Reus' free-kick and keeps hold, which proves key as the Dortmund players steam in.
Liverpool are laying siege to the Dortmund goal here! Coutinho has two opportunities to shoot in the box in quick succession after the Reds work it well but Weidenfeller pulls off miraculous saves on each occasion.
Great goalkeeping, you have to admit.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-1 LIVERPOOL (HUMMELS)
The hosts play a corner short to Mkhitaryan who swings in a fine cross to give Hummels the simple task of heading home from close range.
Mignolet got a hand to it but there was little he could do.
Here we go again - the Reds restart the game.
Half-time substitutions for both teams here.
Liverpool send on Joe Allen in place of Jordan Henderson, as Dortmund bring on Nuri Sahin for Erik Durm.
He did say he'd celebrate...
Get in, Divock!
What an end to the half! A Liverpool break away ends in Coutinho sliding in Origi but the Belgian's dinked finish is well saved by Weidenfeller.
The goalkeeper, unhappy with a perceived foul, then earns himself a yellow card for his protestations as the referee blows for half-time.
That is, quite frankly, unbelievable defending from Dejan Lovren.
Aubameyang looks set to tap in a lovely throughball from close range but the Croat is there to slide in and block at the death. Dortmund piling pressure on.
Durm takes a shot from distance that Mignolet collects quite easily as the first of four added minutes is played out.
Adam Lallana the next in the book for an overenthusiastic challenge on the right-hand side. It slows the game down, at least!
Get in! ⚽️⚽️⚽️— IngsDanny (Danny Ings) 7th Apr 19:41
Liverpool are in search of a second here and after Clyne and Lallana exchange passes and the blocked ball falls to Milner, he sees a well-hit strike stopped.
Come on you Reds!
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0-1 LIVERPOOL (ORIGI)
Incredible! The Reds have been on the back foot but they lead here at Signal Iduna Park.
Divock Origi latches onto James Milner's flick-on and controls the ball before driving low into the corner. The Liverpool fans are going wild!
Mkhitaryan breaks into the space ahead of the back four and pushes them back and back before dragging a left-footed shot wide.
Klopp won't be happy with that gap opening up in midfield but that's a warning for the visitors.
A loose pass at the back allows Aubameyang to spring a counter but as he looks to tee up Reus in the centre of the box, Sakho sticks out a leg and denies him.
That's good defending from the Frenchman.
Origi uses his strength and pace brilliantly to get down the line and force Lukasz Piszczek to put the ball behind.
However, the subsequent corner is cleared and Moreno can only blast his effort over the bar.
And now the Reds almost score! Milner whips in a free-kick from the Liverpool right which Lovren towers above the Dortmund defence to meet but his header is straight at Weidenfeller, who collects.
A brief break in play now as the 'keeper is treated because the two players collided straight after that chance.
Brilliant from Sakho! Schmelzer latches onto a chipped ball over the top on the left-hand side of the box and cuts back to Mkhitaryan, but the Dortmund forward's shot is blocked on the line by the visitors' No.17.
Your Reds starting XI this evening, pictured before kick-off.
Emre Can stops a Dortmund counter-attack in its infancy with a foul and is shown the first yellow card of the evening.
Thankfully, that has no bearing on his participation in the second leg.
The hosts enjoying the majority of the possession thus far but Liverpool don't look too uncomfortable yet.
Klopp no doubt sees this as a chance to pinch the ball back high up the pitch!
Dortmund get the game under way - here we go!
"Jürgen Klopp, na, na, na, na naa..." is booming out of the visitors' section inside the stadium.
This atmosphere is going to be special.
Wow. What a rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from the crowd at Signal Iduna Park. Breathtaking stuff.
And here come the teams for the main event.
THE PLAYERS ARE OUT
It's warm-up time at the Westfalenstadion, with both sets of players out on the pitch limbering up for what is a huge game.
Only 25 minutes to go now!
Here's the #LFC line-up at Signal Iduna Park in full... https://t.co/1KEXftuQeO— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Apr 17:54
AND THE OPPOSITION
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Bender, Hummels, Schmelzer, Castro, Weigl, Durm, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Aubameyang.
Subs: Bürki, Sahin, Ginter, Leitner, Pulisic, Sokratis, Kagawa.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi.
Subs: Ward, Toure, Firmino, Sturridge, Allen, Ibe, Smith.
Here's the current scene inside Signal Iduna Park just under two hours until kick-off. What a night we have in prospect...
Take a peek inside this evening's programme...
NO WORRIES FOR CASTRO
Gonzalo Castro was alongside Thomas Tuchel at BVB's press conference yesterday and had the following to say about Klopp's return.
"We know Klopp. Liverpool are going to press and try to prevent us having possession, but we'll play our own game," he said
"I don't think it's the first time players have come up against a former manager. We're taking it seriously so it doesn't matter what our opponents do – it's down to us to perform."
Are we supposed to cheer on #Tuchel or #Klopp? 😨 #BVBLFC #MadeinMainz https://t.co/PbfmEzn9CY— Mainz05en (Mainz 05 English) 7th Apr 15:04
LIVE FROM THE ALTER MARKT
A friendly atmosphere pervades the busy Alter Markt in the city as Liverpool and BVB fans get in the mood for the big game.
VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Now, a quick look at Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel's comments in his pre-match press conference yesterday. Unsurprisingly, he was full of praise for his opposite number.
"Borussia Dortmund is what it is now because of Jurgen Klopp," Tuchel said.
"Anything but a great welcome for him would be a surprise. If it's eight months or eight years, Klopp's input will still stand.
"He's one of the most competitive guys I know. He deserves a welcome, but he's as eager to win as are we."
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
Ever wondered why Dortmund's fans also sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' before games? Wonder no longer...
@LFC My work mate Peter (2nd left) over in Dortmund for the match #COYR #YNWA https://t.co/gLLaaebwEK— whoisdavelewis (Dave Lewis) 7th Apr 12:50
'REDS CAN GO ALL THE WAY'
Some words of encouragement from Liverpool legend Ian Rush now, who is convinced Jürgen Klopp's men have the quality needed to not only beat Borussia Dortmund but also win the Europa League.
"Liverpool on their day are capable of beating anyone in the world,” he told the Mirror. "They’ve got a tough test against Dortmund, but I do believe there’s a possibility that they can win it.
“I actually believe either them or Dortmund can go on and win the Europa League. It’s never easy, you need a little bit of luck in these competitions, you know."
Dortmund's Alter Markt is packed with #LFC supporters. Brilliant atmosphere in the city.— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 7th Apr 12:36
IMAGES FROM DORTMUND
Kopites are steadily arriving in Dortmund and they have wasted no time in making themselves at home...
.@lfc18alberto: "Klopp enjoyed his time at @BVB but he wants to win more than anyone else." https://t.co/D169l4A6eA https://t.co/BKCrFc0Q5k— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Apr 09:29
BUMPER TRAINING VIDEO
Jürgen Klopp allowed our cameras and a huddle of journalists to stick around for a while longer than the usual 15 minutes at open training over in Dortmund last night.
As a result, we've got a half-hour clip of the session for LFCTV GO subscribers to enjoy! Just click the picture below to take a look.
IT'S THE UPDATE YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
We can confirm that it's currently 10 degrees celsius and cloudy in Dortmund with eight hours to go until kick-off. We'd advise you wrap up warm if you're over there - it's only going to get colder...
PEP ON DORTMUND CLASH
We spoke to first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders in the build-up to tonight's match and he admitted he's pretty jealous that Klopp and co get to enjoy a return to Borussia Dortmund so soon after leaving.
The Dutchman wouldn't mind a similar reunion with FC Porto one day, though he says this evening's game is "deserved" reward for the manager as well as Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz.
- Thomas Tuchel's team have not lost a game in any competition since December 19
- That's a run of 16 unbeaten matches – with 14 victories and two draws
- In the previous round of the Europa League, BVB eliminated Tottenham 5-1 on aggregate
- Their last game was a 3-2 win at home to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 36 goals this season, including 10 in this tournament
Let's take a look at the form of Borussia Dortmund then, starting with the statistics behind their run to the quarter-finals of the competition as compared to Liverpool's.
#RedsInDortmund ⚽️ @BVB v #LFC 📍 Signal Iduna Park 🏆 @EuropaLeague 👻 lfc 📺 @LFCTV: 19:00 BST ⌚️ Kick-off: 20:05 BST https://t.co/dGjBKSmuBq— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Apr 06:45
'A DUEL FULL OF EMOTIONS'
That's the headline in local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten, which carries a special pull-out dedicated to tonight's clash at Signal Iduna Park...
You've seen what Jürgen Klopp had to say to the assembled press pack, but what about his sit down with LFCTV prior to making the trip to Dortmund? Here's a snippet...
"It’s a real challenge, but a real opportunity for us to show that it is possible in games like this for us to beat one of the best teams in the world. That’s cool, I like this."
REDS PREPARE FOR DORTMUND
Jürgen Klopp has put his squad through their paces at Signal Iduna Park this evening, and you can take a look at how things went thanks to our club photographers.
Click the lovely shot of Jordan Henderson and the gaffer below to see a full gallery of pictures from tonight's training session.
Tickets now on sale for Reds' pre-season ICC games: https://t.co/anU4hye1bT #ICC2016 #LFCtour https://t.co/FjdrM9ikwy— LFC (Liverpool FC) 6th Apr 17:01
'WE'RE HERE TO TRY AND WIN'
It was James Milner who was on pre-match press duty alongside Jürgen Klopp at the top table at Signal Iduna Park tonight - and the vice-captain explained that while there is no doubting the difficulty of the task facing the Reds against Borussia Dortmund, they're here to win tomorrow's game.
To read what he had to say in full, click here.
Klopp: "We need to use the moment tomorrow night... If we are good, as good as we can be, then it's a tight match and that's what we want to have."
Klopp on knowing tomorrow's opponents: "It's not really a crucial factor… my players are not expecting me to give them a detailed breakdown of every single player."
"It's two top teams with great European history," says James Milner alongside the manager at the press conference.
Asked about the attention on Jürgen Klopp, the vice-captain adds: "It makes it very easy for us, we can just worry about playing football!"
Jurgen Klopp arrives for his pre-match press conference at Borussia Dortmund. He's having his picture taken by about 487 photographers.— TonyBarrett (Tony Barrett) 6th Apr 16:16
There's a real sense of expectancy in the press conference room here at Signal Iduna Park, where a healthy number of local reporters are joined by camera crews and media from England.
The photographers, meanwhile, are lined up waiting to get a shot of Jürgen Klopp making his entrance...
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Welcome back to the German capital of football, @LFC! Mind if we focus on the present, though? 😉💛⚽️#bvblfc https://t.co/vtRzcqAxyV— BVB (Borussia Dortmund) 6th Apr 13:00
It was bright and warm when the Reds landed in Dortmund, around 14 degrees currently. Slightly lower temperatures are expected for the game tomorrow.
It was a short flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport for the Reds this lunchtime - an hour and a quarter in the air for the travelling party. Click here to check out a handful of snaps of the team boarding the plane.
THE STAGE IS SET
This is the current scene inside Dortmund's impressive Signal Iduna Park stadium. The famous 'Yellow Wall' has had seats fitted for this game as per UEFA regulations.
Good afternoon from Signal Iduna Park, the home of Borussia Dortmund.
We're here to bring you updates from Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference inside the stadium where he managed for seven years before taking charge of the Reds.
The boss will also oversee a training session at the ground in the evening - and we'll have live coverage on LFCTV GO and a photo gallery too.