Liverpool ensured that they left Borussia Dortmund still fully in their Europa League quarter-final tie with the German side after holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw at Signal Iduna Park on Thursday night.
On a night on which virtually all of the focus was on the return of Jurgen Klopp to the side he coached to such success in a seven-year spell, Reds skipper Jordan Henderson called before the game for his teammates to ignore the media frenzy surrounding the manager.
Klopp's side more than held their own on the night despite Dortmund enjoying the majority of possession, and after Dejan Lovren should have put the visitors in front they did take the lead when Divock Origi fired past Roman Weidenfeller in the first half, a goal which clearly delighted injured striker Danny Ings watching on.
Get in! ⚽️⚽️⚽️— Danny Ings (@IngsDanny) April 7, 2016
However, just three minutes after the break Mats Hummels headed an equaliser, and though both sides had chances to win the game - Weidenfeller notably making a string of fine stops inside a minute to deny numerous Reds players - the first leg ended all square.
The draw is perhaps a better result for Liverpool than it is for Dortmund, with a valuable away goal to take back to Anfield meaning that a win or a goalless draw would see the Premier League side through to the semi-finals.
However, there was one big blow for Liverpool - and, potentially, England's Euro 2016 hopes - as Henderson's substitution at half-time has since been revealed to have been an enforced one, with the skipper picking up what looks like a serious injury.
Despite that blow, Liverpool players were in positive spirits on Twitter after the match after securing an undeniably impressive result against the side who beat Premier League title-chasers Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 on aggregate in the last round.
Well done boys. Amazing performance against a very difficult team. Now anfield ;)— José enrique (@Jesanchez3) April 7, 2016