There is a temptation in European competitions to try and take a 0-0 draw in the away leg, especially when the second leg is at home. It’s a tried and tested method; it won us a European cup and got us to another final under Rafa.
However, Klopp is not Rafa, and Lovren and Sakho are not Carragher and Hyypia.
According to James Milner, we’ll be going for broke on Thursday night – taking a leaf out of Rodgers’ “if you score four, we’ll score five” book in the process.
“I don’t think we have to score – 0-0 would be a good result – but an away goal is always important and helps,” he said (via Echo).
“If we can score, it puts us in a strong position for the second game.
“We’ll go out there and try to win the game – that’s the way we play. We’ll be positive, try to stop them playing and try to get that away goal.”
It’s an approach that’s certainly worked for us so far in the competition. In fact, we’re the only side in the competition that hasn’t lost a game and we’ve kept a clean sheet in five of our last seven European games.
Nonetheless, scoring an away goal represents a formidable task. Dortmund have kept six clean sheets in their last seven in the tournament, with the only blemish being Heung-Min Son’s late goal in the second leg for Spurs in the last round – a goal which came after the tie was already dead and buried.
What would represent a good result for us on Thursday? Let us know in the comments…