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Published: 22:46 | 7/4/16

Klopp happy after draw

Tuchel relishing Anfield clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased after watching his side battle to a deserved 1-1 draw against old club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Westfalenstadion.

Divock Origi, preferred to Daniel Sturridge on the night, fired Liverpool ahead on 36 minutes before Mats Hummels headed Dortmund level shortly after the restart as Liverpool earned a slight advantage ahead of the return leg at Anfield next week.

"Dortmund is a pretty good side and everyone could see that but we had our moments and we could have won the game," the Reds boss said afterwards.

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

"We are not that far on our way like they are and we cannot at the moment play like they play, but we can defend and score goals so we can win."

Klopp was also happy to get such a warm reception from the Dortmund fans as he made his first return to the club he left at the end of last season.

“It was nice. A lot of people spoke about it but when I came onto the pitch it was respectful applause and that’s nice," he added.

"That’s how it should be.”

Meanwhile, Klopp's successor at Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel, admitted that his side were not at their best but believes that there is plenty to play for in the second leg.

"In a quarter-final it can be that you don’t deserve to win and that was the case," he said.

"This was exactly what we expected from Liverpool. But we expected ourselves to be better, freer in our passing and with a better rhythm.

"We are able to score away goals as well. We are not frightened and we are not too disappointed. Tonight was not our top performance and to win you need a top performance.

"We have been to a lot of places and scored and won. It’s half-time and the players are confident. We are looking forward to the game at Anfield."


By: Kieran O'Daly

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