James Milner claims that Liverpool are good enough to beat any team on their day.
The midfielder was speaking ahead of the Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund. The first leg will be away from home and Liverpool will be hoping to return with at least an away goal to show for their efforts. After giving up hope of qualifying for the top four, the club aim to reach the Champions League group stages directly by winning the Europa League. The club will have the right to be confident after beating Manchester United comfortably in the previous round.
However, doing the same against Dortmund will be an entirely different proposition since the German club are on a good run of form under the management of Thomas Tuchel. They are only five points from catching Bayern Munich in the German table and this is not a mean feat. Liverpool, meanwhile, are down near the top half of the table struggling to keep up with the clubs like Southampton and Stoke City. Milner, though, says that Liverpool have enough quality within their ranks – and a great manager – to be feeling confident of success against any opposition. The match will mark a return to the Signal Iduna Park for manager Jurgen Klopp, who spent seven seasons at the club.
“It’s two top teams with great European history. This tie wouldn’t look out of place in the Champions League.The Europa League is a great competition to be in and another chance of silverware. We know we can beat anyone on our day.They have a lot of good individuals, but we have prepared well. We will need to be on top of our game. I don’t think we have to score but an away goal is always important. A scoreless draw would be a good result as well,” said Milner.