An exciting reunion for Jurgen Klopp awaits at Signal Iduna Park on 7th April 2016 as his Liverpool take on Dortmund in the first leg of Europa League quarter finals.
One man, One club, Relegation to title winners; that man is none other than Jurgen Klopp, and that club, none other than Borussia Dortmund. From a relegation club to a title-winning, Champions League title-contending club, the German has worked wonders for Dortmund. His skills are notably lying in his ability to see potential in players – the way he has developed some players at Dortmund are outstanding.
The first leg of the Europa League quarter-final fixture is to be held at Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund, in front of 81,359 fans (predicting a full house of course). 81,359 passionate, loyal fans who bleed Red or Yellow.
This clash is about attack versus attack, defence versus defence, fans versus fans. Both teams have had ups and downs in their recent seasons – although Liverpool has probably had more downs than ups. However, the players will be hoping to put all that behind them as this match could decide their future in the competition.
Dortmund vs Liverpool by the numbers
- Jurgen Klopp took charge of 319 competitive games as Dortmund manager, winning 180 (56.4%).
- At Westfalenstadion, Klopp won 96 of his 155 competitive matches in charge of Borussia Dortmund (61.9%)
- This will be the third occasion that these two sides have met in a European fixture, with the previous history being even (one win for both sides and a draw).
- Dortmund failed to score in their last two European meetings with Liverpool; both in the 2001-02 Champions League group stages; 0-0 at home, 0-2 away.
- The Germans have won all four of their Europa League matches in the knockout stages so far this season; 2-0 & 1-0 vs FC Porto and 3-0 and 2-1 vs Tottenham Hotspur.
- Liverpool have conceded just six goals in their last 12 Europa League matches.
- There have been just six goals scored in Liverpool’s last six Europa League away matches (scored three, conceded three).
- This will be the 18th time that Liverpool have played a European away game in Germany (incl. East Germany) – they have only won two of their previous 17 trips (D9 L6).
- Coutinho, Lovren, Firmino, Clyne, Moreno are all a booking away from a suspension in the second leg.
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
- Refereed in Liverpool’s previous Europa League match against Manchester United where Liverpool won 2-0: 6 yellow cards were shown that day.
Pre Match Press Conferences for Liverpool
James Milner had some to say before the match. Here’s a bit of what he said:
“We [Liverpool] don’t fear anyone and we’ve proved this year we can beat anyone.”
“We have to make sure we’re on our game and if we do that we’ve got every chance of going through to the next round.”
“The Europa League seems to be getting stronger every year and you can see that by the level of teams still left in it,”
“Obviously we had Manchester United in the last round, they’ll be hoping they’re a Champions League side next season as well, and that’s where we want to be ultimately.”
“If you ask anyone, if you’ve got a chance to win a European trophy then the Europa League is a great competition to be in.”
I think I’ll go with a 1-1 draw this first leg. Perhaps a goalless draw the second. Might seem a little hopeful but this season’s given any Liverpool fan good reason to be hopeful. Dortmund are certainly the favourites to win this though, and players from both teams will have to keep that in mind as they step out onto the pitch.
- Best Bet: Draw at full-time @ 4.22
- Exact Score : 1-1 Draw at Full Time @ 6.60
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