With much of Liverpool’s season hanging on Europa League success, and with a lot of Klopp’s pride on the line on his return to Dortmund, Divock Origi popped up with a vital away goal for The Reds in the 36th minute of play.
Bold tactical decision by Jurgen Klopp to give Origi the nod ahead of England international Daniel Sturridge, who many will dub as Liverpool’s best option going forward. It all seemed to be going wrong for the Merseyside club in the early stages when they soaked in a lot of pressure and critics were set to mock the former Dortmund coach and his decisions but soon enough, the Liverpool players found their foot and balanced the game out. An awkward flick on from captain Henderson towards the path of Origi and it seemed the ball was going to get away from him but the Belgian controlled superbly and turned towards goal steering a low strike into the far corner.
From that point on, Liverpool took the initiative with the 20-year old Belgian putting pressure on the Dortmund defence. Just before the half time whistle, Divock was set to grab his brace when he went on one-on-one with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller but was denied the goal with a fine stop.
Dortmund began the second half as they started the first, with persistent pressure. Just 3 minutes into the half, Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels cancelled out Origi’s opener with a fine header to make the game 1-1. Both teams seemed to search for the winner until the final whistle but Liverpool will be more pleased with the result heading towards the return leg on Thursday, April 14.
The other Europa League quarter-final games ended with a series of 2-1 results.
Europa League quarter-final Results Thursday 7th April 2016
Ath Bilbao 1 – 2 Sevilla
Bor Dortmd 1 – 1 Liverpool
Sporting Braga 1 – 2 Shakt Donsk
Villarreal 2 – 1 Sparta Prague