Joe Allen shares what nobody told him about Liverpool fans

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The Reds' win over Borussia Dortmund will live long in the memory.

Joe Allen has told The Mail that he was taken back by the atmosphere created by Liverpool fans before and during Thursday's memorable Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund.

Anfield well and truly reinforced its reputation as a fervent location on European nights as the Reds supporters welcomed the equally-passionate Dortmund fans to Merseyside for what was a special night - and it started even before kickoff.

"The atmosphere was like what I heard about. It was incredible before the game driving through the streets," Allen, a £15 million signing in 2012, told The Mail.

"Nobody told me that would happen. Some people have a whole career in football and not experience a game like this one."

Both sets belted out a heartwarming rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' as a preamble, before the Bundesliga side - who drew 1-1 in the quarter-final first leg - moved into a shock 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp's troops, trailing 3-1 on aggregate and needing at least three second-half goals, threw themselves a lifeline when Divock Origi pulled one back two minutes after the break, but a slick finish from Marco Reus shortly after restored the visitors' advantage.

Needing to score three times in the final half-an-hour, Philippe Coutinho drove home on 66 minutes, before Mamadou Sakho nodded home a third with 12 minutes to go to leave his side needing just one - and Dejan Lovren found it in stoppage time as Anfield erupted.

Klopp and co will meet Villarreal in the semi-final of the competition.

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