Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described their stunning comeback against Borussia Dortmund as “hard to believe” with Dejan Lovren scoring an injury-time winner to seal a 4-3 victory.
Liverpool looked to be heading out when Dortmund scored two goals in the first nine minutes through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Divock Origi pulled one back for the Reds, but the German side took a 3-1 lead when Marco Reus converted past Simon Mignolet to put Liverpool on the verge of exit.
Philippe Coutinho converted with a brilliant long range effort, then Mamadou Sakho scored a header to level the scores at 3-3.
Then with minutes remaining, Dejan Lovren converted a header at the back post to send Anfield into frenzy, sealing a 4-3 win that sees Liverpool progress to the Europa League semi-finals.
Liverpool boss Klopp claimed his side “fought back like devils” to claim an emphatic win on a memorable European night at Anfield.
Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “It is difficult to explain. A wonderful, wonderful night at Anfield and to be honest the game was strange.
“When we brought Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen on we gave them the message, ‘we have to show character.’ I don’t care if we lose, we have to show them and we did even more. This is European football at its best. It’s hard to believe. Congratulations to all of the lads.
“At half-time it’s difficult to stay brave but we agreed that the we had to go the hard way. It is a game that all fans – even not of Liverpool or Dortmund – can say, OK, football is a nice game.”
“My right arm hurts – I don’t know why or who hit me. It’s a great night not to forget.
“We fought back like devils and it is deserved. A little bit lucky.”