Liverpool Comeback Secures the Klopp Cup
OK, so it was a bracket pairing in the Europa Cup.
It probably meant more than that to the two clubs involved. They played like it did.
Jürgen Klopp's former charges at Borussia Dortmund were favorites in this tourney, with emphasis on the past tense.
Klopp's current squad thrilled the crowd at Anfield as well as himself by doing a Los Blancos and staging a three-goal resurgence to upend a German opponent and advance in the compeition. In this case, that amounted to a 4-3 goalfest and a 5-4 aggregate.
First on Der BVB's agenda was neutralizing the 'Pool's away goal from the first leg's 1-1 draw when the fans put a little too much effort into the Klopp Cup experience. Henrikh Mkhitaryan did the honors a mere five minutes after kickoff:
Dortmund surely know how to dig out chances.
It was double trouble for Liverpool only four minutes later, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lit the afterburners:
Damn! Dude's attacking speed would impress a barracuda.
Liverpool didn'tt stay down for long, though. Divock Origi breached the Dortmund defense just after halftime to get the Reds back into it:
Game on, now.
The rollercoaster ride continued, as Dortmund reclaimed its two-goal cushion through Marco Reus:
When dude's good, he's very very good.
Then began the assault that put the 'Pool over the top:.
Philippe Coutinho was back at it with his right foot.
That was followed by Mamadou Sakho tucking one in:
The Anfield atmosphere can still put a chill down one's spine.
Dejan Lovren has a penchant for late goals, and this one was the most important one of his career:
Jürgen and his cup must be very proud.