The Europa League is Liverpool’s to lose, not Dortmund’s – and here’s why

first_img 3. Sturridge, Coutinho and Firmino – Finally, the trio are fit. It’s taken a while, but at last Klopp has his strongest possible attack at his disposal. With this attack available, Liverpool are capable of breaking down the toughest of defences. Even more worryingly for their opponents, they are unpredictable when these players start together – as was seen in Coutinho’s goal against Manchester United in the second leg at Old Trafford. They might not match the fire power of Dortmund’s Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but they can certainly challenge. 4 4. Liverpool will not finish in the Premier League’s top four – Liverpool currently sit seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City, and it’s improbable that they will make a late surge for a spot in the Premier League’s elite bracket. With this in mind, success in the Europa League is the Reds’ only chance of competing in the Champions League next season. It’s this that makes triumphing all the more important to the English side, thus providing that extra drive to progress. 4 2. Borussia Dortmund are the biggest threat remaining but if anyone can mastermind victory, Klopp can – Liverpool have been drawn against Dortmund in the quarter finals and it’ll be an emotional return for the club’s German manager. His heart, though, will be focused on victory – no matter how stylish the triumph. Klopp spent seven years at BVB; he knows how they operate and will know how to set his side up to combat their prolific attack. Do not underestimate the value of inside knowledge. Liverpool remain on course for Europa League glory.After their victory over Manchester United in the last-16, sealing progression to the quarter finals, Jürgen Klopp has edged closer to getting his hands on his first piece of silverware for his new club.At the end of February, the German manager voiced his confidence that his side could go all the way in the second tier European tournament, describing the competition as their best chance of Champions League qualification.But just how realistic is it to suggest Liverpool can win the competition?talkSPORT has taken a look at four reasons why the Europa League is the Reds’, not favourites Borussia Dortmund’s, to lose… 4 4 1. Dortmund aside, Liverpool should be the favourites to beat any other team remaining in the competition – There is no team in the next round with the Bundesliga outfit’s aura. While not insulting the quality of those remaining in the competition – Athletic Bilbao, Braga, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sparta Prague and Villarreal – Liverpool should feel confident they can overcome any of these sides.last_img read more

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