James Milner has this bleak warning for Liverpool teammates after Dortmund win

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The Reds stand-in captain insists the remarkable 4-3 win will stand for nothing if the club don't go on to win the competition.

Liverpool stand-in captain James Milner has sent a bleak warning to his teammates after the thrilling 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, telling ITV Sport that the victory will count for nothing if they do not go on to win the Europa League.

Jurgen Klopp's side stunned his former club after falling 2-0 behind after nine minutes and then 3-1 behind shortly before the hour mark at Anfield after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, scoring three goals in the final 24 minutes to seal a historic 5-4 win on aggregate.

The nature of the comeback has already drawn comparisons with the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, when Rafael Benitez's Reds side were 3-0 down at half-time against AC Milan but came back to win on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

This time, the result put Liverpool into their first European semi-final in eight years, but Milner, who continued to captain the side in the injury absence of regular skipper Jordan Henderson, warned the club's players that it will only be remembered fondly if the club go on to win the competition.

The 30-year-old told ITV Sport: "[That ranks] right up there to be honest. I think the quality of team you're playing against, the atmosphere from driving into the ground, and obviously going 2-0 down so early against a team like that.

"Even when we got the goal back in the second half they went and scored again and it would have been very easy to roll over and think we're done, but the desire and everything of the boys to go again was unbelievable. They're a very, very good side so to beat them over two legs should give us a lot of confidence going forward.

"[However], the night ultimately doesn't stand for anything if we don't go and get silverware. It's one everyone will remember but it only means something if we go and win the trophy. We've given ourselves a great chance, there are good teams left but we've proven that we deserve to be in there and we can beat anyone."

Liverpool will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Villarreal, or Sevilla, the side who have won the competition for two years in a row, in the last four after their dramatic victory.

With Dortmund having been tipped by many, particular after their 5-1 aggregate win over Tottenham Hotspur in the last round, as favourites to secure the title, Klopp's side will feel, as suggested by Milner, that they need not fear any of those three teams.

With the games coming thick and fast, Liverpool must now ensure they avoid any hangover after their big night as they prepare for the long trip south to Bournemouth on Sunday.

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