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Liverpool hold Dortmund 1-1
Published :Saturday, 9 April, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 23
Paris, April 8: Liverpool claimed an excellent 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday as Jurgen Klopp made an emotional return to the Westfalenstadion.
The game marked Klopp's first coming together with his former club since his departure last summer and subsequent appointment by Liverpool back in October.
He saw Divock Origi put the Premier League side in front in the 36th minute before Mats Hummels equalised for the hosts three minutes into the second half.
However, that away goal means Liverpool have the upper hand ahead of next Thursday's second leg at Anfield and Klopp will be confident his side can progress to the last four after an encouraging display in Germany.
"Dortmund's a pretty good side. Everybody could see that but we had our moments and we could have won the game," Klopp told BT Sport.
A rousing rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' -- the Liverpool hymn that is also a Dortmund anthem -- preceded kick-off as Klopp took in the scene at the stadium where he is still idolised after a highly successful seven years as coach.
"It was respectful, nice and how it should be," Klopp said of his welcome.
But perhaps the emotion of the occasion got to the Bundesliga team because they were unable to repeat their superb performance in tearing Tottenham Hotspur apart in the last round.
Their 36-goal leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subdued and they were denied an opener when Mamadou Sakho bravely blocked a Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot.
Dejan Lovren should have done better than head straight at Roman Weidenfeller at the other end but Origi put the visitors in front when he held off his marker and slotted low past the 'keeper after latching onto a Jordan Henderson flick.
Weidenfeller prevented Origi from scoring again just before the interval and Dortmund drew level shortly after the restart, captain Hummels rising above Adam Lallana to head in a Mkhitaryan cross.
Weidenfeller saved well from Philippe Coutinho and the final scoreline means the tie remains up for grabs, even if Liverpool have the edge. ?AFP








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