Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool Preview
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on April 6, 2016
It’s not every year a Europa League quarter-final offers up such a tasty fixture, but, this Thursday we get to see Jürgen Klopp travel to his former club Borussia Dortmund, as Liverpool face off against the German side at Signal Iduna Park.
Liverpool come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, who were defeated by Dortmund in the previous stage of the competition, 5-1 on aggregate. Dortmund are enjoying a very good season thus far, they are second in the Bundesliga, only five points behind Bayern Munich. Liverpool will be worried at the prospect of facing such a powerful attacking team, with Dortmund scoring the most goals in the Bundesliga so far this season (67). However, ‘football logic’ suggests that if anybody knows how to neutralise Dortmund, it is Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp. But, this season has shown that there is very little logic in football, and that anything can happen.
The atmosphere is going to be electric on Thursday, Dortmund fans have shown their excitement at the prospect of their idol Klopp returning for the first time since his departure last summer. There will even be a ‘Klopp Cam’ on the Liverpool boss aired by German broadcasters Sports1, giving viewers the chance to watch 90 minutes of Klopp’s famous touchline antics, which will include passion, screaming and hopefully for Liverpool, celebrating. German media have dubbed the tie as ‘El Kloppico’.
Team Selection; Liverpool will be without Christian Benteke and Lucas Leiva for the trip to Germany. Roberto Firmino is also a doubt after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty, yes, another hamstring injury to add to the long list of players that have been affected by them since Klopp’s arrival in October. Borussia Dortmund have received a major boost ahead of the first instalment of what is expected to be a phenomenal 180 minutes of football, with Mats Hummels, Sokratis and Ilkay Gundogan all reported to have taken part in training on Tuesday, after speculation that the trio will miss the first leg. Neven Subotic is ruled out, and is expected to miss the rest of the season.