Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his side needs to be courageous when they face Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next week.
The Reds will travel to the Westfalenstadion to take on the Bundesliga side who are now firm favourites to lift the trophy in Basel in May, and Klopp will need to mastermind a huge victory over his old side to keep the aim of silverware for his current side on track.
Klopp is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We are all aware how incredibly difficult this draw is for us. They are the runaway favourites in this competition. But we’d also like to stay in it for a bit longer.
“We need to be courageous. The way Dortmund play commands enormous respect. To say now we have a 100% plan to beat Dortmund would be a bit ridiculous. But on a good day and when we put our plan into action we have a chance. It’s no picnic to play against us. We’ve shown that several times before.”
They are possibly the two games that could make or break Liverpool's season as the task before them is a formidable one. It is unprecedented for a side to have as many points in the Bundesliga at this stage of the season (64 from 27 games) and only be second.
First of all, Liverpool have a difficult game against title chasing Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday evening, the team that Dortmund cast aside in the previous round of the competition, which shows the kind of test that Liverpool are in for in Germany in a week's time.
The Reds will be looking to go into the game with their tails up after a disappointing defeat to Southampton prior to the international break that has derailed some promising recent league form.
Klopp says that any plan he has does not guarantee victory but many would think if anyone knows how to get one over his old club, it would be him.