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Dortmund vs Liverpool (3 Key Battles): Can Sakho Neutralize Aubameyang’s Pace?



Jurgen Klopp gears up for an emotional visit to his former club as Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund in the 1st leg of the quarter-final of the Europa league. For Liverpool, this tournament is a possible entry ticket into the champions league for the next season and they will have to give their best in both the legs. Dortmund have been one of the best sides in Europe this season and the deadly trio of Aubameyang, Reus and Mkhitaryan share 70 goals between them. Liverpool enter this game after knocking out their rivals Manchester United in the round of 16. Klopp is well aware of the attacking abilities of Dortmund and he knows that it is going to be a tough ride. Here are the three key battles which might decide the fortune of this game.

  1. Aubameyang vs Sakho            

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in devastating form this season. The French international scored a whopping 37 goals in his 39 appearances for the club this season. Mamadou Sakho will have to be rock-solid in defence and will have to mark Aubameyang and not give him any chances in and around the box. The striker also scored in the fixture against Tottenham and was sublime in front of the goal. Sakho will have to be after him and make those interceptions and tackles if he wants to nuetralize Aubameyang’s pace and goal scoring instincts.

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