By Coral Barry
Borussia Dortmund’s Matthias Ginter has admitted Liverpool are a ”very, very strong” team ahead of their second leg of the Europa League quarter final on Thursday night.
The German giants travel to Liverpool knowing that they must score to stay in the competition after Jurgen Klopp’s side came away from Dortmund with a vital away goal thanks to a first half Divock Origi strike.
A well organised and perfectly drilled Liverpool managed to nullify the often unstoppable attacking trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus in the first leg and Ginter expects Klopp’s side to be as well prepared as Dortmund after both teams opted to rest most of their starting eleven in their weekend league matches.
“Their league situation is a little bit different to ours,” said Ginter, speaking to the official DFB website. “That’s not to say that they will go up a notch for the league and not give 100 percent in the Europa League.
“On the contrary, you could see in the first leg that Liverpool are a very, very strong side.
“It could go either way. I am obviously hoping it will end positively for us though.”
Ginter arrived at Dortmund at the very end of Klopp’s seven year reign as coach and was one of the last players the German signed during his time in Germany.
Klopp managed to out-smart his old club last Thursday, but Liverpool will be expecting Dortmund to be an even tougher proposition when they arrive on Merseyside for the second leg.
Dortmund have yet to beaten in the Europa League this season and marked their intentions for the competition clear by making eight changes to the side that drew 2-2 with derby rivals Schalke in Sunday.