By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Michael Owen revealed the atmosphere was so magnificent ahead of Liverpool’s clash at Borussia Dortmund that it made him “really miss” playing.

The former Anfield striker, 36, brought down the curtain on his professional career in 2013 and made an immediate move into TV punditry as well as continuing with his horse racing business.

Owen has often spoken of how he has not missed being on the football pitch since his retirement.

But the awe-inspiring atmosphere at the Westfalenstadion ahead of the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final clash between Liverpool and Dortmund inspired different feelings in the ex-England star, as expressed on his official Twitter account.

Both sets of supporters sang the Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone before the kick-off, with the stadium bedecked in a sea of yellow.

Jurgen Klopp’s team went into half-time 1-0 up after Divock Origi, who was given the nod to start ahead of Daniel Sturridge, broke the deadlock with a cross-shot across the keeper.