Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as the Reds grab a big away goal

Jürgen Klopp's return to Germany was a successful one as his new side earned a big result against his former club.

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as the Reds grab a big away goal
Origi watches his effort squirm in as Liverpool take the lead at Dortmund. (Photo: Getty)

Jürgen Klopp's tactics gave Liverpool a huge result in Germany on Thursday, as they secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund themselves put on a below par performance as the likes of Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were stifled by the Reds, who put on a strong display as a team to earn a terrific draw that they can take back to Anfield with them.

More of a team effort than a game that saw individuals shine, Klopp will be more pleased with the work rate of his players than any stand-out performers.

Organisation at the back doesn't get the clean sheet it deserves

Simon Mignolet: 6

The 'keeper wasn’t tested a great deal but made the saves he had to make. Produced a particularly good block to deny Reus at the far post late in the first half, but the rest of the team his interventions were routine.

Nathaniel Clyne: 6

Bombed forward well and provided a good attacking threat. Coped well defensively too and put in a great effort to ensure Dortmund had no joy out wide.

Dejan Lovren: 8

Solid as a rock throughout. Came up with some big tackles and blocks - which became more and more crucial as the game went on. However, one of he and partner Mamadou Sakho should have taken charge to mark Mats Hummels when he scored. Instead, he was allowed to roam free, run at the ball and out jump Adam Lallana, who should not have been left challenging him.

Mamadou Sakho: 8

Same as Lovren; made some huge blocks and tackles throughout but should have organised the team to mark Hummels before he scored from a set piece. That was the only thing the defence did wrong all night, however.

Alberto Moreno: 5

Quieter than Clyne going forward, but still did his fair share of bombing up and down the line to offer support at both ends. Lucky not to be sent off right at the death though, or at least booked and thus suspended for the next match as he needlessly dived in with two feet, despite knowing he was on thin ice.

Mixed performances in midfield

James Milner: 6

It was a mixed bag for the vice-captain. He delivered some poor set pieces and some great ones; played some great passes and some terrible ones. He worked hard nonetheless and will be credited with an assist after his headed flick-on found Divock Origi as the Belgian opened the scoring.

Jordan Henderson: 5

Taken off at half time with an injury after a quiet opening 45 minutes. Played a big part in some risky passing from Liverpool in their defensive third and offered little going forward.

Emre Can: 7

Did plenty on the ball at both ends in terms of helping build play up. Pressed high, showed lots of energy and always looked to be positive. Was perhaps guilty of being risky in possession at the back like Henderson, but offered something going forward with some powerful runs from deep unlike the captain.

Klopp revealed post-match that Henderson will have a scan to determine the extent of the problem he suffered on Thursday. (Photo: Kevin Quigley)
Klopp revealed post-match that Henderson will have a scan to determine the extent of the problem he suffered on Thursday. (Photo: Kevin Quigley)

Few chances up top, but plenty of work rate

Adam Lallana: 5

Did nothing wrong but didn’t do much at the same time; which somewhat sums up his time at Liverpool so far. Tried to get going with some quick play to show what he could do, but was often held up and forced to go back as the team looked to start again.

Philippe Coutinho: 6

Threatened to do a lot but didn’t do much, slightly differently to Lallana. He had two efforts in quick succession brilliantly saved by Roman Weidenfeller, while some creative passes and runs helped going forward. He didn’t make his mark on the game, however, as one might have expected him to.

Divock Origi: 7

A strong game from the young Belgian, who gave Liverpool a massive away goal with a great finish. He didn’t get much service all night, with him the recipient of only two real chances, but he tucked away one of them after some strong hold up play and a nice finish. The youngster should have put away the other chance though, which was even more difficult than the one he did convert.

Minimal impact from late subs

Joe Allen (replaced Henderson at half time): 7

Did the simple things right as he always does and always looked to be positive when on the ball. Good energy both in and out of possession as he showed that Henderson won't be a huge miss with him to step in.

Roberto Firmino, replacing Lallana on 78 minutes, and Daniel Sturridge, replacing Origi on 84 minutes, did not play long enough to be given a real or fair rating.

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