One of the most famous European nights at Anfield: LFC vs BVB, 2016
ESPN's Tony Evans brings back memories of Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund, Europa League quarterfinal second leg, April 14, 2016
"Jurgen Klopp had managed Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles in his seven years at the Westfalenstadion, and now, six months after taking over at Anfield, the two clubs were drawn to play each other. But there was another dynamic. Dortmund's Yellow Wall had become the go-to section for atmosphere in Europe. It was fresh, vibrant and exciting, with German terrace culture viewed with envy by fans around the world.
"The Kop appeared a little tired by comparison, and the Liverpool team looked equally jaded in the opening exchanges of the second leg at Anfield. With the score at 1-1 from the first leg, Dortmund silenced the crowd and seemingly broke the game apart by scoring twice in the first 10 minutes. Divock Origi pulled one back early in the second half, but the Germans responded with a third goal just before the hour. The mood around the stadium was a mixture of grim acceptance and an uncompromising request for resistance. The Kop were not demanding victory; they wanted their players to battle to the end.
"If the representatives of the Yellow Wall present at Anfield believed that they had now assumed the mantle of Europe's most partisan and committed crowd, they were about to be taught a lesson by the Kop. The reaction on the pitch was explosive. Mamadou Sakho levelled the scores at 3-3 on the night, but Liverpool still needed another goal, and time was running out. There was now confidence on the Kop, and the sense of inevitability transmitted itself to both sides. "The stadium seemed to know what would happen," Thomas Tuchel, the Dortmund coach, said. "It was as if it was meant to be."
"And it was. In stoppage time, Dejan Lovren joined the wave of attackers and rose to meet James Milner's cross in front of the Kop. His header powered into the back of the net to give Liverpool an unlikely 4-3 win on the night and send them into the next round. The Liverpool manager will hope the Kop remembers his words when City come to Anfield this week."
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