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Klopp: Liverpool upset critics with Dortmund draw

Jurgen Klopp returned to Dortmund on Thursday. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side's 1-1 draw against former club Borussia Dortmund may have surprised some but proved to be another indicator of their potential.

Divock Origi, preferred up front to Daniel Sturridge, scored in the first half and despite one of their better defensive performances they could not prevent Mats Hummels equalising in the Europa League quarter-final with a header just after half-time.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people thought we would lose 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0 but at some moments we had Dortmund and around our goal we were brilliant.

I am satisfied with a lot of parts of the game, the organisation was good, we were brave, organised disciplined, everything good.

I think we saw the game is still 50:50 and Dortmund don't care too much about where they are playing or where they score a goal.

They are still a very strong team but people thought a lot about our possible performance so they are perhaps a little surprised now.

An away goal is really good, 100 per cent better than a 0-0.

– Jurgen Klopp


Dortmund boss warns Klopp will show no mercy

Borussia Dortmund have been warned that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will show no mercy to his former club on his return to the Westfalenstadion.

Klopp takes his Liverpool side back to the place where he made his name as a coach for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.

Klopp will return to Dortmund as Liverpool boss. Credit: PA

The German won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal and reached the Champions League final during a seven-year spell in charge of Dortmund and his successor Thomas Tuchel said he was guaranteed a warm welcome on his return.

"Anything else but a warm welcome for Jurgen Klopp will be a surprise," Tuchel said at a press conference on Wednesday.

But he added: "From the moment the whistle goes Jurgen Klopp will want nothing else than to win. And we too."

For Tuchel, though, facing Klopp at one of the latter's former sides is a far from unusual experience, having spent five years in charge of Mainz, the club where the Liverpool boss started his managerial career.

"It's not the first time I've welcomed Klopp back to an ex-club," he said. "This is the sixth time for me. It's a routine."

Liverpool handed major boost ahead of Dortmund trip

Firmino has travelled to Dortmund. Credit: PA

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has travelled with the squad for the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

The Brazilian has missed the last two matches, plus two internationals, with a hamstring injury sustained against Manchester United in the last round on March 17.

Striker Christian Benteke is still out with a hamstring problem and midfielder Lucas Leiva is not fit to return but otherwise manager Jurgen Klopp has no other new injury worries ahead of the match against his his former club.


Liverpool consider move for European game

Liverpool are considering playing a home match away from Anfield this summer.

Final completion work on the Main Stand redevelopment means measures are being considered to stage any potential European qualifier at another ground in the north west and Press Association Sport understands Bolton and Wigan are viable options.

Liverpool have already made a request to the Premier League to play their first match of the new domestic season away from home to allow the finishing touches to be done and there is the outside possibility of that being extended to two games.

Anfield is expanding. Credit: PA

But should Jurgen Klopp's side qualify for Europe via their league place they are likely to face an early start to their campaign.

The Premier League's sixth-placed side will enter the third qualifying round and the same could apply to the team in seventh, depending on who wins the FA Cup.

That would mean a tie being played July 28 or August 4, times when Anfield will not be fully ready.

Spurs welcome back Alderweireld for Liverpool clash

Tottenham's title hopes have been handed a boost after Toby Alderweireld recovered from a stomach bug and is expected to be fit to face Liverpool on Saturday.

Alderweireld pulled out of Belgium's trip to Portugal. Credit: PA

Alderweireld pulled out of Belgium's trip to Portugal on Tuesday through illness but trained at Spurs on Wednesday and Thursday, with Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino now confident he will make the trip to Anfield.

The central defender has been an integral part of Tottenham's success this season and his fitness this weekend is crucial given victory at Liverpool would reduce the gap behind Leicester to two points, before the Foxes face Southampton on Sunday.

"He is OK," Pochettino said.

"He trained the last two days in a very good way. We need to assess him on Friday but we hope he will be in good condition to compete on Saturday."

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