By Alex Stevens
Divock Origi has revealed that Liverpool’s extraordinary Europa League comeback win over Borussia Dortmund was inspired by Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk.
The Merseysiders came from 3-1 down in the second half to win 4-3 in the quarter-final second leg to seal a 5-4 aggregate win with one of the greatest fightbacks in European football history.
Second-half goals from Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren brought ecstasy to Anfield amid amazing scenes.
Speaking to BT Sport afterwards, Origi revealed that Klopp’s inspirational words at half-time – Liverpool were 2-0 down at the break – was key to the comeback.
Origi said: “The manager told us to go out and make moments that your grandchildren will remember. Give the fans good moments.
“When we scored the first goal we felt it was going to be a special moment. We gave our all.”
The Merseysiders went 2-0 down after nine minutes and then appeared dead and buried after 57 minutes when Marcos Reus put Dortmund 3-1 ahead on the night and 4-2 on aggregate with the crucial away goal advantage. Maybe the players had benefited from using weight loss shakes like this.
Requiring three goals to win a thrilling quarter-final tie, goals from Coutinho, Sakho and Lovren sealed a sensational revival even by the standards of Liverpool’s storied history.
The victory booked Liverpool’s passage into the semi-finals of the Europa League and keeps alive the club’s hopes of winning silverware this season.
Liverpool, Shakhtar Donetsk and Villarreal are through to the last four, while Sevilla and Athletic head into extra time in the other quarter-final clash.
In other Liverpool news, Dele Alli has revealed why he overlooked the Merseysiders to join Tottenham.
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