After Liverpool’s dramatic comeback against Borussia Dortmund last week, you’d expect a few German fans to feel a little bitter towards the Merseysiders.
Dortmund appeared to be cruising into the semi-finals of the Europa League after Marco Reus had put them 3-1 ahead on the night in the 57th minute - meaning the home side needed to score a further three goals.
But they did just that with Dejan Lovren scoring a 91st-minute winner to break the hearts of supporters of Thomas Tuchel’s side.
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However, there appears to be a fantastic mutually respect between both sets of fans. The atmosphere in both legs was incredible as they sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with passion. The Anfield match also came a day before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and Dortmund fans paid tribute to the 96 victims by creating their own mosaic.
And, despite the devastating defeat, it seems as though they have no hard feelings - well one fan in particular.
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Stephan Rueter from Cologne brought an advert space in Wednesday’s Liverpool Echo. But Mr. Rueter wasn’t selling anything, instead, he wanted to congratulate Liverpool.
“For more than 20 years I am supporting Borussia Dortmund. Sure, it was a hard night, but at least: Thanks for being a part of this tremendous story. Now go out and get the Cup.”
It was a lovely gesture from the Dortmund fan and he’s probably not the only supporter that now wants the Reds to go on to win the Europa League.
Klopp the hero
That’s mainly because of Jurgen Klopp. The German manager is a Dortmund legend having led them to two consecutive league titles and a Champions League final during his seven years at the Westfalenstadion.
But his Liverpool side have a lot more work to do if they want to win the competition. They face a strong Villarreal side in the semi-final while Sevilla, who have won the Europa League in the previous two campaigns, face Shakhtar Donetsk in the other tie.
Champions League qualification
But it’s not just the trophy that Liverpool want. Despite having not won silverware since 2012, the Reds will be more interested in the guaranteed Champions League spot that comes with winning the Europa League than the actual trophy.
And it seems like it’s not just Liverpool fans that will be cheering them on if they reach the final in Basel in May. Stephan Rueter, along with many Dortmund fans, will no doubt be urging Klopp’s side to glory.