Author: Ashley Perry
Published: 07:42 13/04/2016
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There are a lot more similarities to Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund than Jurgen Klopp. Firstly, they are both known for passionate fans and having a stands notorious for their noise and colour. At Anfield it is the legendary ‘Kop’ and at Dortmund it is the famous 'Yellow Wall' at their Signal Iduna Park home.
This means that even if it is another legendary European night at Anfield, the Dortmund players are unlikely to be intimidated by the wall of sound which emanates from the Kop.
If Dortmund are going to silence Anfield then they should try and get an early goal and some have suggested that Liverpool central-defenders Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho are a weak link and are prone to errors, even though they were rested at the weekend in favour of the second string centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.
Liverpool will undoubtedly try and replicate their performance in Dortmund where their players, from the front to the back, worked very hard to frustrate die Schwarzgelbe.
The question is what type of midfield Klopp will put out. If it is a midfield trio of Emre Can, Joe Allen and James Milner, then you can be sure the team selection is as much about frustrating Dortmund than finding goals themselves.
Liverpool have a lot of different permutations and Klopp will know how to frustrate a Dortmund team he largely built himself, so expect a very tactical game with lots of individual battles which could affect the game one way or another.
It could take a moment of magic from Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to decide this fairly evenly balanced tie.