Liverpool Klopp Episode 40 - The Revenge of the Sith
Okay, Okay, the dialog was wooden but the fight scenes were fantastic!
Am not trying to make any claims that Liverpool is Obi-Wan and Dortmund is Anakin. It isn't such a good hat vs. bad hat kind of match in leg one of this Europa Cup match. Nonetheless, there is some real emotion to this contest as Klopp is "going home" to the club he previously coached. His time at Borussia Dortmund resulted in some huge successes (two Bundesliga titles and a runner-up finish in Champions League) for them before retiring from the club.
Poking around the web in the buildup to the match....
Injury report can be found here - looks like Benteke, Firmino, and Leiva remain unavailable for duty.
Five players (Coutinho, Firmino, Lovren, Moreno, and Clyne) are sitting on yellows and would be suspended a game if they pick up another.
Dortmund are on a roll in 2016 with no defeats and are probably favored to defeat LFC and win the Europa League Cup and perhaps even take the Bundesliga Title.
Build-up to the match:
Interesting little tidbit from LiverpoolFC.com is the feature piece that tells the story of how Dortmund has also adopted You Never Walk Alone as an anthem.
"We are Dortmund boys and big Borussia fans, so I gave the recording of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' to our stadium speaker and he took this and said 'very nice, we'll try this'." From that moment on, the song went on to become a popular chant on the steps of the Yellow Wall - a stand which houses 25,000 BVB fanatics. "They [the supporters] knew it from Liverpool," Kartner continued.
In starting XI news, Origi gets the call along with the usual cast:
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi.
Ward, Toure, Firmino, Sturridge, Allen, Ibe, Smith.
Well done by Liverpool! They stole the lead late in the first half. Unfortunately, they surrendered the lead early in the second half on ..... wait for it ..... a set piece. Final score 1-1.
The bad news is that the injury that Henderson picked up will be a season ender for him. From the medical team, they think surgery won't be required but he will miss the rest of the EPL season while the LCL heals. He is also considered doubtful for Euro 2016.
Kloop's decision to use Origi is being hailed as a genius move.