Jurgen Klopp will be happy that the Reds avoided defeat, keeping the tie alive for the return leg in Anfield.
Furthermore, Liverpool take home the advantage of an away goal, meaning they could progress with a 0-0 draw in the next game. However Klopp will still be a little frustrated since Divock Origi missed an easy one-on-one situation to make it 2-0 just before half-time.
Origi was the surprise change in the team, replacing Daniel Sturridge due to being more mobile than the latter player. Sturridge’s injuries had slowed him down and Origi helps by defending from the front, something Roberto Firmino also could’ve done effectively but wasn’t fit to start.
Dejan Lovren has been in outstanding form, and should’ve put Liverpool ahead in the 20th minute with a free harder that he tamely hit into the ground straight at the keeper.
Liverpool hurried and tracked the home team brilliantly, cancelling out the effect of their star attacking midfielders and Aubameyang hardly had a sniff at goal. It was the Reds who had the better of the exchanges. Origi latched onto a high ball from James Milner and controlled it well with his first touch, creating the space to shoot for the opening goal. It took a deflection off Piszczek before hitting the net in the 36th minute.
Mama Sakho made a number of important blocks that kept Dortmund at bay. Weigl floated a pinpoint pass over the top into Schmelzer, who was played onside by Lovren. The full-back drove goalwards before sliding a low cross back into Mkhitaryan. The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder looked set to nestle a finish low into the left-hand corner, but Sakho got across to make a vital interception.
For the second half captain Jordan Henderson failed to return due to a knock he picked up earlier. Joe Allen came in to replace him, while Dortmund’s Sahin replaced Durm.
Dortmund made an immediate impact in the second half, being a set piece that Mkhitaryan floated in a curling cross. Hummels made a superb, unchecked run, and duly got on the end of it to head home and restore parity.
Then the Reds turned up the heat and should’ve scored when Coutinho used his close control inside the box, only for Weidenfeller to make an excellent stop. The keeper stopped Coutinho just seconds earlier from distance too.
After passing this pressure sequence, the Germans tightened up and looked relieved to settle for the draw. Klopp played a tactical game which made it difficult for BVB. Firmino and Sturridge came on late, but by then the game was stretched, being too late for both sides.