John Aldridge explains what could be a good result for Liverpool away to Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said that an away goal is vital for the Reds when they travel to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp's side are underdogs as he prepares to face the club he build such a good reputation with, with Dortmund many people's favourites to win the competition in Basel in May. 

Aldridge said even a narrow defeat but with an away goal would be a good enough result to take back to Anfield for the return leg the following week. 

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "I’ll be interested to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team selection, but for me an away goal is absolutely vital.

"We saw in the last round against Manchester United what a difference it makes if you get one – and if you don’t - and I hope Liverpool are able to go and look to do that in Germany.

"They’re a top side. They battered Spurs in the last round – albeit a Spurs without Kane. A draw or a narrow win is a fantastic result, but even a 2-1 defeat is decent enough to take back to Anfield.

"I wonder if Klopp will be tempted to go with Firmino as his forward option, or whether Sturridge will play. I think Firmino will be fit, and he’s showed that he can be the man for the big occasion this season.

"Having someone like Sturridge to come on if it’s tight is a massive option too, but I guess it comes down to what the manager’s game plan is."

Of course, Liverpool will be wary of what Dortmund managed to do against Tottenham, and in the manner they did as they brushed aside the current second-best side in the Premier League. 

Liverpool's defence has shown signs of improvement recently, but there were some errors on show in the weekend's draw against Spurs that need to be eradicated if they are to leave the Westfalenstadion with a strong chance of progressing in the second leg. 

As for the selection issues that Aldridge discusses, Roberto Firmino may be available for selection, as the indications from the pre-match press conference before Tottenham from Jurgen Klopp was that the Brazilian wasn't far away from being fit enough to play, and Klopp needs to get the balance right.

Do Liverpool's chances of getting an away goal diminish without Sturridge being on the field from the start?

It feels like it's one where the game plan has to be spot on and executed very well to set the Reds up for the second leg. 

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