Stats: The combined Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund XI

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The two sides meet in the Europa League tonight with Jurgen Klopp returning to his former side.

There is no denying that tonight’s Europa League clash between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund is the pick of the competition's fixtures this season.

Aside from the return of Jurgen Klopp, the battle on the pitch will be a fascinating one as both sides boast a number of stars.

Arguably the Germans have had the better campaign, with the likes of Marco Reus and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang continuing to shine.

That is not to take away from the likes of Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho however, who have seriously improved under Klopp’s guidance.

Picking a combined XI is no mean feat as a result, but based on stats, it transpires that the German side have been the better by far.

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As Oulala discovered, they manage to get seven of their stars into the line up, with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino noticeable absentees for Liverpool.

Starting in goal, Roman Burki beats Simon Mignolet as he comes out on top in four key statistical areas.

The defence is dominated by Dortmund as Mats Hummels, Sven Bender and Lukasz Piszczek all make it in, although Alberto Moreno has been better than Marcel Schmelzer.

In midfield, it is a more even split as Emre Can and Jordan Henderson are the partnership in central midfield while Adam Lallana is in ahead of Erik Durm.

However, Marco Reus manages to overcome Philippe Coutinho while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, once linked with Liverpool, is in ahead of Brazilian Firmino.

There are no surprises up front as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sensational season sees Daniel Sturridge miss out.

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