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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Milner: Win was a big moment

Milner and Klopp (centre) Photo: Reuters
Milner and Klopp (centre) Photo: Reuters

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner believes their dramatic victory over Borussia Dortmund could prove to be a watershed moment in the reign of Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds - who face Bournemouth in Premier League action tomorrow - twice came back from two goals down against the Europa League favourites to win 4-3 on the night, 5-4 on aggregate.

They now face Spanish side Villarreal in the semi-finals after yesterday's draw.

The most significant change Klopp has made to the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers in mid-October - having eschewed the chance to strengthen in the January transfer window - is the belief he has instilled.

That got them over the line against his former club on a famous night at Anfield and Milner thinks overcoming that considerable hurdle and being just three matches away from winning a trophy, having lost February's League Cup final to his previous side Manchester City on penalties, is significant.

"It will do a lot. I have said at times this year that I don't think there is that belief there that the boys believe how good they are," he said.

"It is a young team and sometimes we struggle for consistency but to beat a team like Dortmund and to come back the way we did and going this far in a major European competition is obviously massive.

"We got to the League Cup final and while we didn't win we put ourselves in position again.

"Hopefully we can get belief from this."

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