Divock Origi played his part in Liverpool’s thrilling Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund.
The in-form striker scored three minutes after half-time to get his side back into the tie with a neat finish past Roman Weidenfeller.
It was the start Jurgen Klopp was hoping for, especially after he delivered an impassioned half-time speech. Watch Origi reveal Klopp’s words by scrolling down the page.
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Marco Reus put Liverpool’s comeback on ice for a moment, the Dortmund winger seemingly ending the tie when he slotted past Simon Mignolet in the 57th minute to make it 4-2 on aggregate.
But Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren scored the goals that put Liverpool into the semi-finals.
Watch Origi discuss Klopp's half-time talk
It was a 24-minute salvo that will live long in the memory. Klopp admitted after the game that he reminded his players of the 2005 Champions League final, where Liverpool trailed AC Milan by 3-0 at half-time before winning on penalties.
There was also the talk of having a story to tell the children and grandchildren.
Klopp was calm
According to Origi, the passionate manager expressed himself in a calm manner at half-time, despite the precarious position Liverpool were in.
The Belgian forward said afterwards, per the Liverpool Echo: “The manager was very calm, surprisingly calm.
“That's the class of a big manager, you could see no panic, no stress, he believed in us and in the end it helped. He gives us belief and we tried to reward that, the belief of the fans, everything.
“We already know we have qualities and if the rest is in place, then you can play freely.
“In football, there's no secret. You have to play with your whole heart and give everything.
“A lot of teams have qualities but when you have a good manager who is tactically strong, and have a good club with good fans, then there's no secret. You can achieve great things.”
Anfield can spur Liverpool on
Liverpool are now favourites to win the Europa League after knocking out the bookmakers’ pick.
And they have an incredible chance of reaching the final because their semi-final opponents will have to step into the cauldron that is Anfield.
Liverpool’s record at the famous stadium in this season’s competition is four wins and two draws. Dortmund and Manchester United have both lost there in the knockout rounds.
Klopp said before Thursday’s game that the biggest advantage Liverpool had heading into the second leg wasn’t Origi’s away goal but the support of the home crowd.
And Liverpool’s passionate fans certainly did their job last night, something the 20-year-old, who has now scored four goals in his last three games, acknowledged.
“When we came in (to the stadium) the atmosphere was a special feeling,” he added. “The supporters received us very warmly.”
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