By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Harry Redknapp has backed Liverpool to overcome Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League showdown on Thursday night.

The former Tottenham manager believes the Merseysiders’ home advantage gives them the edge going into the quarter-final second leg at Anfield.

The tie is locked at 1-1 following the first leg in Germany last Thursday after Divock Origi scored a precious away goal in Dortmund.

Liverpool will book their passage in the semi-finals of the competition if they manage to shut out free-scoring Dortmund on Thursday night.

“I would never oppose Liverpool at Anfield with that crowd behind them,” Redknapp told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil programme on Thursday morning. “It will be a tremendous atmosphere. It will be twist and turns throughout the game. Certainly a game to follow. I think Liverpool will just about do it but it will be tight.”

This is the most advanced that five-times Champions League winners Liverpool have been in a European competition since April 2010, when they faced Benfica (last eight) and Atletico Madrid (semi-final) in the Europa League.

In other Liverpool news, Divock Origi has admitted he was “awful” last season before linking up with the Merseysiders permanently.