Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (5-4 agg): Live matchday blog
Liverpool booked a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League after a stunning 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on a night that will be spoken about for generations to come.
Klopp: "Very often in football life, a game is over [at 2-0]. Not here, not with this Liverpool team, and that’s great to be a part of."
No words needed
What an incredible game!! The supporters made it even better!! @LFC #Anfield #YNWA 👏👏— Ian_Rush9 (Ian Rush MBE) 14th Apr 21:34
True. Except: Congratulations and all the best on your #RoadToBasel, @LFC! #lfcbvb https://t.co/2orCIHIiW7— BVB (Borussia Dortmund) 14th Apr 21:12
Let these stats tell you the story of tonight while we compose ourselves...
I simply don't have the words right now to do what's just happened justice. A night we will be talking about for generations to come. What a game.
And, by the way, I have never seen scenes of celebration like that inside the Anfield press box from the LFC media contingent!
WE'VE DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEJAN LOVREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Four minutes of added time to be played. Come on, Reds!
Double Dortmund change - Castro and Reus off, Ramos and Gundogan on.
Liverpool's final change as Lucas replaces Emre Can, who has failed to shake off a knock.
We still need one more goal if we're to do it - but would you bet against us?
GOAL! LIVERPOOL ARE LEVEL!
Mamadou Sakho stoops to head in Coutinho's corner! Get in!
Dortmund change - Kagawa off, Ginter on
The Reds are piling on the pressure here, but two more goals are what are required. There's still time...
Well, that makes it interesting. Philippe Coutinho finds the bottom corner with an arrow from the edge of the area. Liverpool still need two, but there are just under 25 minutes remaining...
A double Liverpool change - Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge are on for Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool's hope is short-lived as Marco Reus latches on to Hummel's pass forward and cooly steers beyond Mignolet.
Origi jinks in from the left and cracks an effort over the bar. His name is booming out of the Kop.
Liverpool have the start to the second half they craved as Divock Origi continues his scoring run by finding the net from Emre Can's pass.
Dortmund get us back underway at Anfield following a half-time interval in which the Kop sang You'll Never Walk Alone for much of it.
Here's a look at the first-half stats...
We've reached the half-way point at Anfield - and Dortmund hold a two-goal lead at the interval.
It means we'll need three in the second half without reply if we're to turn this around.
Two chances in quick succession for the Reds as first Firmino and Coutinho link and the latter has a drive deflected behind before Origi heads a cross wide from six yards out.
Dortmund carve open Liverpool again with a speedy break - Reus squares for Aubameyang, who slides wide of the post.
Piszczek surges into the area and fires across goal, but Aubameyang can't reach it and Clyne clears behind.
Firmino tees up Lallana just inside the box, but his effort cannons against Sokratis.
Coutinho drills in a cross from the left from a short corner, which Firmino heads wide of goal as he stoops to meet it.
The danger of Dortmund hitting us on the break is there for all to see as Aubameyang threatens to get in behind, but he's denied by a fine challenge from Sakho.
Milner surges down the right and lifts a ball into the area, but Origi can't connect properly and hooks wide of the far post.
Firmino wriggles into space inside the box and fires a low ball into the danger zone, but Lallana misses his kick as he spins to try and shoot.
Liverpool work another opening and this time Origi lofts a cross to the back post to the unmarked Moreno, but he skews his volley well wide.
This is better from the Reds, though.
A chance for the Reds as Lallana slides in Origi, but his shot is blocked by Weidenfeller.
Dortmund's early double means Liverpool need to score three times without reply tonight to go through.
And another Dortmund counter-attack sees them double their lead. This time Marco Reus feeds in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who does the rest by slamming beyond Mingolet at close range.
Goal for Borussia Dortmund as Henrikh Mkhitaryan taps home from Simon Mignolet's save after the goalkeeper denied Aubameyang at close range.
Liverpool will be hugely disappointed having given away the ball inside the Dortmund half in the build up to the goal.
Aubameyang has the game's first effort on goal, but he scoops his left-foot curler wide of the post from the edge of the area
We're underway at Anfield as Liverpool kick the game off.
The whole of Anfield observes an impeccable minute’s silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
You'll Never Walk Alone...
Wow. That's all I have to say.
There are around 10 minutes until kick-off and the atmosphere is simply incredible inside Anfield, with both sets of fans playing their part. This is going to be some night. Special.
Here come the Reds...
Some snaps of the Mighty Reds arriving at Anfield earlier.
...on Anfield Road tonight as thousands of Liverpool fans lined the street to welcome the team bus. Magnificent.
And the Dortmund line-up...
Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer, Weigl, Castro, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus, Aubameyang. Subs: Burki, Ginter, Sahin, Gundogan, Ramos, Pulisic, Bender.
Unsere Bank: // Our subs: Bürki, Ginter, Sahin, Gündogan, Ramos, Pulisic, Bender #lfcbvb https://t.co/dqx3tudWqm— BVB (Borussia Dortmund) 14th Apr 18:04
Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer, Weigl, Castro, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus, Aubameyang #lfcbvb https://t.co/iVRELND6dz— BVB (Borussia Dortmund) 14th Apr 18:00
Tonight's confirmed Liverpool line-up
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi.
Subs: Ward, Sturridge, Lucas, Allen, Skrtel, Smith, Ojo.
Confirmed team news...
...is coming up very shortly.
Looking forward to the game tonight...I am expecting fantastic atmosphere at Anfield...come on you reds ⚽️ #EuropaLeague #LFC #YNWA— patrikberger73 (PB) 14th Apr 16:35
The stage is set...
The wait is almost over. Here's the current scene inside Anfield as the final touches are applied ahead of kick-off in just under two-and-a-half hours' time.
Looking forward to a great #Anfield atmosphere tonight! Let's all get behind the team!! @LFC ⚽— Ian_Rush9 (Ian Rush MBE) 14th Apr 16:13
No Anfield fear for Weigl
Midfielder Julian Weigl also spoke at Dortmund's press call yesterday, and insisted he and his teammates won't be intimidated by the Anfield atmosphere this evening.
"We’ll either go out or go through but we’re looking at it positively. We’ll soak up the atmosphere and gain strength from that," he said.
"Liverpool were very good in the first leg and perhaps we should have done better. We know our strengths and we’re looking to improve on the first game when we made some errors.
"We believe we can win and exploit our strengths."
Stats, stats and more stats
Fancy a pre-match stat? Of course you do...
Liverpool have played German opposition 17 times at Anfield in European competition and have never lost, winning 13 and drawing four.
You can furnish your knowledge banks with a whole host of pre-match factoids by clicking here.
Emre Can returns to the Liverpool squad tonight after sitting out Sunday's 4-1 win over Stoke City due to suspension - and he does so after this glowing endorsement from James Milner.
The vice-skipper said: “He has been brilliant this year in midfield, brilliant on the ball and his energy, strength and pace winning the ball back for us is massive. He’ll be a big plus for us coming back."
So, with Milner's words in mind, take a closer look at Emre's stats from this season below...
Six hours to go... https://t.co/8tLSNhoALJ— LFC (Liverpool FC) 14th Apr 13:05
Dortmund fans in the city
We dispatched Liverpoolfc.com's Glenn Price around Liverpool city centre on his lunch break today with the task of getting some snaps of visiting Dortmund supporters getting ready for tonight's game. Here's what he came back with...
'We're here to attack'
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was in bullish mood at his pre-match press conference at Anfield last night...
“We know what we have to achieve. We are here to attack and take risks. I am proud to be the coach in this situation. This is the pressure and I love it.”
On playing at Anfield, he added: "It's my first time here and I'm massively looking forward to it. Everyone knows the red shirts and the superstars who've worn them. It fills me with great excitement to know that tomorrow I'll be coaching a team with enough confidence to win here."
Here's a reminder of all the match stats from last week's first-leg encounter in Dortmund...
'Nights like this are why I joined LFC'
He's the man of the moment and becoming a favourite on the Kop quicker than he can run with the ball - which is saying something - and Divock Origi has been talking to the press ahead of tonight's game...
"To play a game like this is the reason I came here. This is a big club and we want to win prizes. I just try to prepare as well as possible and then the coach has to make the choices."
Of course, big Divock is the man who gave Liverpool their away goal when he bagged at the Westfalenstadion last week...
“I was very happy to get game time in the first leg and I just wanted to do my best. When someone shows confidence in you, you want to reward it. I am just glad everything went okay."
A final few pics from @BVB training session at @MarineAFC https://t.co/BsBJNJedt6— MarineAFC (Marine Football Club) 14th Apr 11:19
I haven't been this nervous yet excited for a match in a long time #LFC #LFCblog #YNWA LFCBVB— Dars87Byrne (Dazzler™) 14th Apr 10:12
...German clubs Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Cologne, Eintracht Frankfurt, Dynamo Dresden, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hamburg all got in common?
Answer: They've all felt the wrath of the Mighty Reds in Europe.
October 30, 2001. Afroman is sitting at the top of the UK charts and Monsters, Inc. is leading the way in the US box office.
Meanwhile, on a rain-soaked Merseyside, Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on the German side's last competitive visit to Anfield.
Vladimir Smicer and Stephen Wright were the scorers in the Champions League group-stage clash - a result that secured their berth in the next round of the tournament.
The same again tonight will do just nicely.
Liverpoolfc.com's David Lynch speaks for many with his Tweet below...but we're all hoping he's calmed down a bit before he takes his seat in Anfield's press box tonight.
Bouncing off the walls #LFC— LynchStandard (David Lynch) 14th Apr 09:57
For the die-hard fans of Liverpoolfc.com's weather updates, your wait is over.
It's currently cloudly in the city with patchy rain here and there. There's expected to be further downpours later this afternoon, so if you're coming to Anfield bring a coat.
The rain should subside come kick-off, with temperatures around nine degrees.
I'm in the wrong job, aren't I?
Mama's on a mission...
Mamadou Sakho tells us he will take to the field with a clear aim in mind tonight: to make you proud of Liverpool's efforts against Borussia Dortmund.
"The fans are the 12th man. They help us always and give us the courage to fight more. We will try to make them proud."
To read more from our exclusive interview with Sakho, click here.
Tonight's match programme
This is the front cover of the official matchday programme on a night when Anfield will pay its respects to those who lost their lives at Hillsborough ahead of tomorrow's 27th anniversary of the disaster.
A number of tributes are planned ahead of kick-off, including a minutes' silence in remembrance of the 96.
The Kop and the Borussia Dortmund supporters will also create mosaics to pay tribute.
Savour it again...
And if you just simply want to savour last week's special You'll Never Walk Alone in Germany, click here to watch it again for free.
You'll Never Walk Alone...
There's no doubting last week's rendition of YNWA at the Westfalenstadion was special, but tonight it's Anfield's turn to deliver.
Ahead of the game, we've been thinking about the best performances of our anthem over the years and have come up with a list of 10.
Have a read through them by clicking here, and each one has a free video to enjoy too.
Get in touch...
We want you to have your say throughout today, so get in touch with us by using #LFCblog on Twitter.
Go on, don't be shy.
A message from the boss...
Ahead of tonight's game, we sat down with Jürgen Klopp at Melwood for an exclusive chat about the second leg with Borussia Dortmund - and he was eager to make clear how powerful Liverpool can be if everyone pulls together - even us!
"If we try everything, if everybody is really prepared to give their best – the crowd, the players, the manager, LFCTV – then we have a really good chance."
You can read or watch our exclusive interview by clicking here.
Hello, good morning, guten morgen and welcome to our live matchday blog for tonight's clash with Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.
It promises to be a low-key affair, there's not really a lot a stake and the atmosphere will probably be fairly quiet from both sets of fans inside the stadium tonight...has said no-one, anywhere, over these last few days.
Yes, it's certainly going to be a special night in L4 so stick with us throughout the day to whet your appetite head of the game.
Right, before we crack on, it's time for a brew. Coffee, milk, no sugar if you're offering...
Yellow card for Hummels for hauling back Coutinho after he'd skipped away from him on the halfway line.