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Klopp's comeback kings seal deal with late winner

By Steven Beacom

Published 15/04/2016

Game on: Mamadou Sakho celebrates with Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho after scoring Liverpool’s third goal of the night
Game on: Mamadou Sakho celebrates with Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho after scoring Liverpool’s third goal of the night

Liverpool produced a stunning comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on an unforgettable night at Anfield and march into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Jurgen Klopp's side trailed the classy Germans 2-0 and 3-1 in the return leg, but roared on by a passionate home support completed a dramatic revival with Dejan Lovren's injury-time header winning the game and the tie as the Reds went through 5-4 on aggregate.

The Miracle of Istanbul was in 2005. This was an Anfield miracle on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 supporters died.

Dortmund were two up inside 10 minutes with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Patrick Aubameyang on target before the impressive Divock Origi gave Liverpool hope early in the second half. When Marco Reus scored for the visitors just before the hour the tie looked over.

But Philippe Coutinho's super strike on 66 minutes and Mamadou Sakho (77) set up an astonishing climax with Lovren emerging as an unlikely last gasp hero.

He said: "It's an amazing feeling. We never stopped believing in ourselves."

Klopp (left) hailed the character of his side and the fans, believing the team can now win the competition and qualify for next season's Champions League in the process.

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