Liverpool secured 4-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2014

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Liverpool may well enter Thursday's Europa League clash against Borussia Dortmund as major underdogs, but there's no reason why they won't be able to cause Thomas Tuchel's side a number of problems over the two legs. 

With Jurgen Klopp set to battle his former side, both games should prove emotional for the German coach, who will be desperate to secure a semi-final spot with his new club. 

Success in the Europa League appears to be Liverpool's only chance of securing a place in next season's Champions League. 


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But Dortmund are well and truly standing in Liverpool's way and Klopp will be well aware that his side will have to be at their best to eliminate the Bundesliga giants. 

Dortmund comfortably secured a 5-1 aggregate victory over Tottenham in the last round of the competition, while they currently sit in second place in Germany's elite division - just five points behind Bayern Munich. 

Huge test 

Liverpool, then, face an almighty task, but they have every reason to believe that they can pull off a surprise. 

Why? Well, ask Klopp. The now Liverpool boss was on the wrong end of the score the last time the two sides met. Indeed, back in 2014, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool destroyed Klopp's Dortmund in pre-season as they ran out 4-0 winners at Anfield. 

It may well have been a pre-season clash, but the 4-0 scoreline in favour of the Reds still came as a surprise. Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson sealed the comfortable win for Liverpool. That quartet, of course, are still plying their trade at Anfield and will certainly be hoping to put on a show once again against Dortmund. 

Here are the goals: 

Nothing to prove

There's no reason why the Klopp-factor won't work in Liverpool's favour, but the Reds chief has insisted that he has nothing to prove to Dortmund. 

Speaking ahead of the clash, as per the Guardian, the experienced coach stated: "I have nothing to prove to Dortmund to show how far we have come. I am fine with the draw, with the game, with everything – but not too happy with the stories around me personally. I don’t need it but I can’t avoid it. 

"We are ready and as good as we can be at this moment. I’ve seen five Dortmund games since Sunday. Obviously they are full of confidence and playing really well, but as always in football it is up to the opponent how good you really are.

"We think we can be a real challenge – not the favourite, that’s not important – but they have a team that has been together for two years and only had a bad experience at the first half of last season. That made them stronger. They have a good manager but I don’t think I should go there thinking I have to win 5-0 so everyone can say: 'Oh look what he can do.' Let’s go out, play well, see what we can do, fly home and then invite them to Anfield."

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