What A Night!
Posted by Craig Muncey | Published on April 15, 2016
Well we have seen yet another fantastic European night at Anfield, a night that deserves to be talked about at the same level as other great matches at this famous ground, such as St Etienne, Bruges, Inter Milan, Arsenal and Olympiakos. The tie looked over after Borussia Dortmund had got off to a lightening start, being two up after only 9 minutes, but no, Liverpool fought their way back to get the win and knock out the German side.
So many superlatives you could use to try and describe the comeback last night, sheer will to win, team spirit, never giving up, doggedness, self belief etc, but whatever words you want to use, you have to give so much credit to the group of players and management group, who in the eve of the anniversary of Hillsborough, put up such a tremendous performance, against a very useful Dortmund side, stacked with players of the calibre of Hummels, Mkhitaryan, Reus and Aubameyang just to make a few.
There were so many good individual performances on the night, in the Dortmund side I thought Marco Reus was outstanding, he kept causing Liverpool problems with his movement, and is very intelligent, popping up in pockets of space. He took his goal very well, and gave Nathaniel Clyne a torrid time in periods of the game. For Liverpool players in particular who I thought played very well, were Simon Mignolet who made a crucial interception to get a hand to a cross when Aubameyang was ready just to tap into into an empty net. If that had gone in the tie might well have been over. Mignolet has been heavily criticised, but last few matches, has looked self assured and confident and has made some crucial saves recently.
Divock Origi similarly to the first leg, was outstanding. He took his goal well, held the ball up well and worked right across their defensive line, not giving them a minutes piece. An excellent performance and if Liverpool are going to continue to play with one loan striker, Daniel Sturridge has his work cut out to get back into the starting eleven.
Liverpool will now face Villareal in the semi final and confidence will be high after last night. However Jurgen Klopp will realise there is still a lot of work to do to make this team a force next season to compete on all fronts. The defence still needs work as does the midfield, Liverpool need a mobile, disciplined defensive midfielder to provide a defensive shield but also is able to get on the ball and control the tempo of the play.
In closing, a fantastic performance played out in front of two fantastic sets of fans, the rendition of you’ll never walk alone prior to kick off will stick in the memory for a long time, as will the match itself. What a night.