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Liverpool heroes sure to cherish special Dortmund Europa League win

By Carl Markham

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his heroic players hailed a stunning fightback against Borussia Dortmund last night.

Klopp's troops won 4-3 at Anfield and 5-4 on aggregate to reach the Europa League semi-finals.

But it appeared to be mission impossible when his side were 2-0 down after 10 minutes - 3-1 on aggregate.

The Reds were also 3-1 behind on the night and 4-2 adrift over the two legs, but the hosts dug deep and produced a remarkable turnaround which saw Dejan Lovren score a dramatic winner.

A proud Klopp said: "It is difficult to explain.

"A wonderful, wonderful night at Anfield and to be honest the game was strange.

"When we brought Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen on we gave them the message, 'we have to show character.'

"I don't care if we lose, we have to show them and we did even more.

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"This is European football at its best. It's hard to believe. Congratulations to all of the lads.

"At half-time it's difficult to stay brave but we agreed that we had to go the hard way. It is a game that all fans - even not of Liverpool or Dortmund - can say, OK, football is a nice game.

"My right arm hurts - I don't know why or who hit me. It's a great night not to forget.

"We fought back like devils and it is deserved. A little bit lucky."

Striker Divock Origi said he would cherish memories of the result for a long time.

"We can tell our children and grandchildren," he said.

"When we scored the first goal we felt it was going to be a special moment."

Matchwinner Lovren added: "It's an amazing feeling. It's one of the best games in the last two or three years.

"We never stopped believeing in ourselves. It is a great effort from everyone. We didn't expect we would start like we did."

Defender Mamadou Sakho lapped up the praise from the fans, saying: "The most important thing was the team played with heart and the fans never leave us.

"It's a win for the Liverpool country."

Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel admitted his players were shattered by the loss.

"I can't explain it, it was not logical," he said.

"It was very emotional. At the end at 3-3 everyone here believed it was meant to be, it was destiny.

"If you have such a strong belief then things can happen. We had a goal and we have not achieved it. Sport is about wining and we did not make it. You have to accept it and be an honourable loser so congratulations to Liverpool. You have to take defeat like a champion."

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