Liverpool - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Reds looking to book place in last four of Europa League

Liverpool will hope an away goal from the first-leg in the quarter final of the Europa League can aid them when they host Dortmund on Thursday evening.

Liverpool - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Reds looking to book place in last four of Europa League
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Liverpool host Borussia Dortmund on Thursday evening in the second-leg of their quarter final tie hoping to book a place in the last four of the Europa League.

The Reds managed to get a crucial away goal last week through Divock Origi, with the first-leg finishing 1-1 at the Westfalenstadion.

Jürgen Klopp made plenty of changes to the starting eleven on the weekend, with his priority being this competition. Despite this, the Reds won 4-1 against Stoke City, so go into this game full of confidence.

Dortmund also named a weaker side during their league game, a derby against Schalke on the weekend, meaning both teams will have well-rested players fresh and starting.

Despite Dortmund all but securing Champions League football for next season, this competition remains a high priority for Thomas Tuchel’s side and so Liverpool will face a tough test to book their place in the semis.

Atmosphere will be key

Origi fires Liverpool's goal in the first-leg in Germany. (Picture: Getty Images)
Origi fires Liverpool's goal in the first-leg in Germany. (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of the highly-anticipated game, Klopp said that the fans will be the bigger advantage than the away goal they got last week.

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."

Team News

Numerous first-team players were rested on the weekend, and many of them are expected to be recalled to go straight back in the starting eleven.

Centre-back duo Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren were given a break on the weekend but should come back into the team, especially after their impressive performances from the first-leg.

Emre Can missed the weekend game through suspension, but is available for selection tomorrow.

One thing that isn’t certain is who will start upfront.

Divock Origi led the line last week and got the crucial away goal, but on the weekend he and Daniel Sturridge both scored, prompting the possibility that they could unleashed together upfront from the start.

Dortmund will have a near full squad, with the only absentee being Neven Subotic.

Statistics

Liverpool have progressed from 11 of the last 12 European ties in which it they have drawn the first leg away from home.

Dortmund have been eliminated on five of the six occasions they have drawn the first leg of a European tie at home.

The Reds have never lost at home to German opposition in any European competition, winning 10 and drawing three, conceding just once in all those matches.