Emile Heskey admits he turned off the TV before Liverpool's comeback against Borussia Dortmund

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You can’t blame people for thinking it was game over when Marco Reus made it 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund against Liverpool in the 57th minute.

Some fans left Anfield thinking their European dreams were over, while TV’s were being switched off around the world by Liverpool supporters.

But it wasn’t just fans that had given up hope.


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Former Anfield hero Emile Heskey has admitted that, he too, turned off his TV after Reus’ goal.

Heskey, along with thousands of other Kopites, missed a dramatic comeback after goals from Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren saw Jurgen Klopp’s side win 4-3 on the night.

The former striker, who played 223 times for the Reds scoring 60 times, is regretting his massive mistake.

Heskey's regret

"I actually didn't watch after 3-1, I thought 'I can't watch this anymore!'," he told Omnisport, per FourFourTwo.

"Then I saw the score at the end and was like 'Wow, I missed an amazing game!'

"It was a wonderful comeback, when you're 1-0 down after four, five minutes it's not going to be easy but mentally it does something to you as well.

"But to be able to change that around and come back from 3-1 down is amazing,” he added.

Liverpool have history

Heskey should know better. In 2002, Liverpool needed to beat Roma by two clear goals to progress to their first European Cup quarter-final since 1985.

An early Jari Litmanen penalty sent them on their way before Heskey scored the winner with 25 minutes remaining in an another incredible European night at Anfield.

Although they were knocked out by Bayer Leverkusen in the next round that year, Heskey was part of the side that won the UEFA Cup the previous season under Gerard Houllier.

Klopp the motivator

The French manager inspired the players to win the treble in that campaign and Heskey believes that Klopp is able to motivate his players in a similar way.

"Listening to the players and what they've said about the manager, about creating history, it puts a certain mindset on you and gets you going," he said.

"He [Klopp] has managed to tap into the players that way and it seems to be working."

Tough to call

Liverpool’s reward for beating previous tournament favourites Dortmund is a semi-final clash with Villarreal and Heskey doesn’t know who is now most likely to lift the trophy in Basle in May.

"It's too difficult to tell," he said. "Because the Spanish teams are very strong. Sevilla are still in there as well, they're very strong and technically gifted but it's difficult to say right now.

"You could argue they [Liverpool] are favourites but what Sevilla have done over the last few seasons in this trophy you'd probably say they are, really."

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