Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be pleased to leave Germany with what could be a crucial away goal as the Reds held Borussia Dortmund to a 1-1 draw in the Europa League on Thursday.
The lead-up to the contest was all about the 48-year-old’s return to Signal Iduna Park to take on the side he led to Bundesliga glory in 2010/11 and 2011/12, but the result leaves his current outfit with a great chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Divock Origi repaid the German’s decision to start him over Daniel Sturridge as he fired home to give Liverpool the lead, however Mats Hummel’s equaliser in the second half ensured Dortmund will travel to England with a goal to their name.
Early chances from Marco Reus and Julian Weigl failed to hit the mark, with the latter’s effort blocked by Mamadou Sakho, while Roman Weidenfeller did well to parry Dejan Lovren’s close range header.
The deadlock would finally be broken in the 36th minute however, with Klopp’s side taking the lead through an unlikely source.
James Milner’s flicked ball fell into the path of Origi and the Belgian, who entered the night having failed to score in the Europa League thus far, fired a well-placed effort past Roman Weidenfeller.
The lead was quickly wiped away after the restart though, as Hummels surged forward to header home Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross past a helpless Simone Mignolet after just three minutes.
No doubt Liverpool and Klopp will be the happier of the two sides having secured an important away goal, though the tie remains in the balance ahead of next Thursday’s return leg at Anfield.