Dortmund vs Liverpool team news: Daniel Sturridge benched, Roberto Firmino returns to squad

7 Apr

Daniel Sturridge has been benched for Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final first leg at Borussia Dortmund.


Reports earlier on Thursday suggested that the England international, who has been out-of-sorts since returning from a hamstring injury in mid-February, would be dropped by Jurgen Klopp.

Divock Origi takes Sturridge’s place in the starting line-up, which is otherwise unchanged from Saturday’s 1-1 league draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Roberto Firmino is among the substitutes having recovered from a thigh problem.

Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel calls on stalwart Roman Weidenfeller in goal and Mats Hummels returns to the side following the weekend’s 3-2 win over Werder Bremen.

Nuri Sahin, who spent a brief period of time on loan at Liverpool during the 2012/13 season, is named on the bench.

Line-ups

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Bender, Hummels, Schmelzer, Castro, Weigl, Durm, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Aubameyang

Substitutes: Bürki, Sahin, Ginter, Leitner, Pulisic, Sokratis, Kagawa

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi

Substitutes: Ward, Toure, Smith, Allen, Ibe, Firmino, Sturridge

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