Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that his men fought like devils to secure a spot in the uel semifinals.
Liverpool came from 3-1 down to win 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate, to knock Klopp’s former team out of the competition.
Dortmund raced to a 3-1 lead when Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang sent them 2-0 up in 10 minutes, before Marco Reus added another in the second half after Divock Origi pulled one back for the hosts.
However, Philippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho struck to level the scores at 3-3 before the winner from Dejan Lovren right at the death.
“It’s difficult to explain,” Klopp told BT Sport. “It was a wonderful night at Anfield and to be honest the game was strange.
“Overall, It’s deserved. We had a lot of chances and fought like devils. It is a little bit lucky of course when you score in the 93rd minute.”
“From the beginning, the whole game showed the quality of Dortmund. They took nearly every chance they had.
“A team with counter attacking quality of Dortmund is a killer. Staying in the game was absolutely great. We brought Joe [Allen] and Daniel [Sturridge] on as a message – we wanted to show character and we didn’t care if we lost.
“In the end, we did a bit more than that. That is what football can be at its best – a wonderful experience – and it’s hard to believe that it really happened like this.”
Liverpool drew 1-1 in Dortmund a week earlier on Klopp’s return to his old stomping ground, but their precious away goal was quickly cancelled out at Anfield.
In the end it did not matter, and Klopp paid tribute to the bravery of his players in fighting to the end.
“At half time, with the score at 2-0, it is difficult to stay brave,” he said. “But we had a little agreement and discussed the easy way each person can go – but we have to go hard way.
“To stay in the race is rare. When it happens, it’s outstanding.
“I’m pleased for everyone here who saw the game. It’s easy for each fan who is only a football fan. They will think ‘Okay, football is a nice game.'”