By Coral Barry
Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp made Borussia Dortmund ‘look ordinary’ last week and will be feared by his former club ahead of the second leg of the Europa League quarter final tie on Thursday night.
Liverpool welcome the Bundesliga giants to Anfield armed with a precious away goal after their 1-1 draw with Dortmund in Germany and journalist Honigstein praised Klopp’s nullifying tactics.
Dortmund converted just one of their seven shots on target against their former coach’s side as they struggled to break down a resolute Liverpool side and Klopp is being regarded in his homeland as the key to the outcome of the tie with the second match looming.
“He made Dortmund look really ordinary,” said Honigstein, speaking on BT Sport’s European Football Show on Sunday. “It was the worst they had played all season.
“Mats Hummels said ‘we were a millions miles away from our usual game’ and you have to credit this guy [Klopp] for really dragging them down a level or two by having a very varied system.
“Sometimes they pressed, sometimes they stay deep, they really disrupted Dortmund’s rhythm and they were so dangerous on the counter attack.”
Liverpool will be confident going into the second fixture after beating Stoke 4-1 in the Premier League despite making seven changes from the side that had impressed in Germany in midweek.
However, Honigstein has warned against complacency ahead of what promises to be a mouthwatering second leg on Merseyside.
The Bundesliga expert said: “In the end the 1-1 draw, as Klopp was saying afterwards, was a result that flattered Dortmund a little bit.
“Now it’s still quite open, because you can expect Dortmund to play a lot better on Thursday night.”
Thomas Tuchel’s side rested their three biggest stars on Sunday against bitter rivals Schalke and emerged with a 2-2 draw.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revealed the next academy star set to be handed his full league debut.