Jamie Carragher delivers verdict on Dortmund v Liverpool quarter-final

Jamie Carragher has his say on the Europa League draw which pits Liverpool against Dortmund

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Jamie Carragher says Jurgen Klopp’s return to Westfalenstadion is bigger for Borussia Dortmund than Liverpool.

The Reds manager was drawn against his former employers in Friday’s Europa League draw as Klopp looks to guide the 18-time English champions to their first European final since 2007.

Only Liverpool and Chelsea have won Europe’s second-tier trophy since the turn of the century, but with the money we have — more than the vast majority of teams competing in Europe — we can’t keep making excuses

Jamie Carragher

The 48-year-old called time on his Dortmund career last summer after he led the Bundesliga club to two top-flight titles, the double and the Champions League final in 2013.

Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s successor in October after Liverpool’s disappointing start to the Premier League.

And Carragher is optimistic that Liverpool can follow in Chelsea’s footsteps and win the Europa League trophy.

“It’s a bigger story for Dortmund than it is for Liverpool, with their legendary manager returning; the roof will come off their magnificent stadium when Jurgen Klopp goes back there on April 7. I’ve played at the Westfalenstadion twice and it’s a very British stadium,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“They have shown with two victories in two games against Spurs, the second-placed team in England, that they are a force and they have talent in striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“Liverpool supporters will be able to use the home tie at Anfield a week later to show their growing affection for Klopp. They can say, ‘He was yours, but now he is ours.'”

Carragher added: “In the latest European rounds, we’ve seen our sides lose to Spanish, German and French opposition — not forgetting Scouse!

“In all seriousness, though, it simply isn’t good enough to be in this position again. Only Liverpool and Chelsea have won Europe’s second-tier trophy since the turn of the century, but with the money we have — more than the vast majority of teams competing in Europe — we can’t keep making excuses. Things must change.

“It would be a good year for the one English team remaining to change that habit.”

The Reds were 3-1 aggregate winners against Manchester United over two legs in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday night.

Liverpool make the trip to Southampton in the Premier League at St Mary’s on Sunday.

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