James Milner believes the Anfield crowd will be 'massively important' against Dortmund

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The Europa League clash against Borussia Dortmund is the kind of night that Anfield lives for.

The stadium can sometimes be a little quiet during a low-key Premier League match but under lights it is, arguably, the best atmospheric stadium in England.

The noise inside at the Signal Iduna Park in Germany last week was incredible as the Reds managed a secure an impressive 1-1 draw against Dortmund.


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The same can be expected on Merseyside this week as both sides fight for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have the slight advantage having scored an away goal but know they will have to be at their best to overcome a strong BVB side.

James Milner, who will captain the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson, believes that the home support could be crucial.

Milner's comments

“Any player wants to play in the big games and the best atmospheres. European nights at Anfield are definitely right up there with anywhere on the planet,” he told reporters, per The Sun.

“That’s going to be massively important for us no matter what happens.”

Milner added: “Even if the worst happens and they get an early goal, [the fans] can roar us on to get back into the game. We managed to nullify their fans – which is a great atmosphere as well – and got a good result. Hopefully we can use our atmosphere.

“There are a lot of experienced players in there and they are used to playing in front of the Dortmund crowd and other big games, so I think they’ll probably be used to it.

"It can probably help us more than it can damage them. The fans are always brilliant and hopefully it’s another special European night,” he concluded.

Big occasion

Liverpool haven’t reached a European semi-final for eight years - when they were knocked out by Chelsea 4-3 on aggregate in the Champions League.

Liverpool warmed up for the second-leg in perfect fashion, beating Stoke 4-1 despite making a host of changes. But the impressive victory did very little for their chances of finishing in the top four as they remain nine points behind Manchester City in fourth - although they do have a game in hand.

It puts even greater importance on Thursday’s tie. They know if they manage to win the Europa League they will automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League and, if they can see off Dortmund, they will fancy their chances.

Win or lose, Anfield will be jumping. Another rousing rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is expected before kick-off and a pulsating 90 minutes awaits.

Liverpool fans: Do you think your side will progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League? Let us know in the comments box below!

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