Liverpool quite brilliantly staged one of the most stunning comebacks Anfield has ever seen. Well, not only Anfield for that matter. The magnitude of the comeback in terms of the quality of the opposition was quite staggering.
In the first leg a week before, Liverpool earned a credible 1-1 draw in what must have been a very emotional occasion for former Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp. Divock Origi had given Liverpool a well earned half time lead at the Westfalenstadion stadium. But a Mats Hummels equaliser early in the second had set up the tie for a thrilling second leg. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Before the game both sets of fans commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster with an impeccably observed minute’s silence. The fans also joined together in a rousing rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. They really raised the roof. See more here……
You’ll Never Walk Alone
What followed in the next 90 minutes plus can only be described as an absolute thriller. A game that will be well remembered for all the right reasons for generations. A game full of great attacking football from both sides, sheer excitement throughout and a finale that sent Anfield wild.
The game and the tie however looked all over as early as the 9th minute. Dortmund were well out the traps and struck twice inside the first nine minutes. First through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added the second. Both goals stemmed from quality swift breaks. Aubameyang’s strike in particular was despatched with a crisp 14-yard strike. This put the Bundesliga giants 3-1 ahead in the tie. So many inside Anfield thought “game over”
Even more reason to think was that Dortmund looked well capable of adding to their lead. They contrived to miss numerous more chances to extend their lead as Liverpool struggled to cope with their attacking threat.
Even when Divock Origi pulled a goal back early in the second half, there was some who thought that may be a consolation only. Especially as Marco Reus restored Dortmund’s two goal cushion some 10 minutes later. Now trailing 4-2 and with three away goals against them, Liverpool now needed to score three without reply. This looked to be highly unlikely.
As the game reached the last 25 minutes, the mountain to be climbed seemed to be unsurmountable. A goal by Philippe Coutinho in the 66th minute lifted the mood and the atmosphere around Anfield however. Could Liverpool pull off the impossible?
In the 77th minute the fans thought so as Mamadou Sakho stooped to head a third for Liverpool. Cue borderline hysteria inside Anfield. That goal though would be all to no avail however if Liverpool couldn’t sneak another. Added to the uncertainty was the obvious threat Dortmund carried. Having said that though their threat was somewhat blunted by now compared to what they were producing in the first hour or so.
Injury Time – Could Liverpool Do It?
As the 90 minutes were up, all Liverpool fans were looking for the board to see how many minutes were to be added. Quite spectacularly, they didn’t have to wait long as a brilliant James Milner cross to the far post was met by Dejan Lovren. His towering header was emphatically put away in theKop goal. Now cue absolute pandemonium as the ball nestled behind Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller. Liverpool had done it. Such drama, such wild celebrations. Lovren’s header will ensure it’s place in Liverpool folklore.
The tournament favourites were beaten. Anfield was rocking. Now onto the semi finals. Could Liverpool go all the way?
Relive this night of huge drama here. This is truly a “I was there” moment to treasure.