James Milner says home crowd will give Liverpool considerable advantage against Dortmund

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The Reds' stand-in captain insists the Anfield supporters can play a huge role in getting the club over the line and into the Europa League semi-finals.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has told the club's official website that the vociferous Anfield crowd will give the club a significant advantage as they look to complete the job against German side Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.

The Reds brought a 1-1 draw back from Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final last Thursday thanks to a Divock Origi strike.

That result, in the notoriously intimidating Dortmund atmosphere, handed them a potentially vital away goal advantage to bring back to Anfield for the second leg.

Thursday's match is likely to take place in a similar cauldron of noise, and though Milner accepts that Dortmund's players will be used to that, he stressed to the club's official website that Liverpool having the majority of the fans on their side this time could be crucially important on the night.

The club's stand-in captain told liverpoolfc.com: "Any player wants to play in the big games and the best atmospheres. European nights at Anfield are definitely right up there with anywhere on the planet. That’s going to be massively important for us no matter what happens.

"Even if the worst happens and they get an early goal, [the fans] can roar us on to get back into the game. We managed to nullify their fans – which is a great atmosphere as well – and got a good result. Hopefully we can use our atmosphere.

"There are a lot of experienced players in there and they are used to playing in front of the Dortmund crowd and other big games, so I think they’ll probably be used to it. It can probably help us more than it can damage them. The fans are always brilliant and hopefully it’s another special European night."

Jurgen Klopp rotated his side for the 4-1 victory over Stoke City on Sunday in preparation for the second leg as he looks to steer Liverpool to what would be their first European semi-final since they reached the last four of the Champions League in 2008.

Striker Origi looks set to start in attack after adding to his goal in Germany by coming off the bench to net twice against Stoke, whilst Milner will continue to captain the side in the injury absence of Jordan Henderson.

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