Jurgen Klopp emerged from his return to Borussia Dortmund with a useful Europa League result, as Liverpool and Dortmund played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their anticipated quarterfinal matchup.
Klopp's new team went ahead of his old one in the 36th minute, with Belgian forward Divock Origi opening the scoring. Origi nearly had a second just on the stroke of halftime, but he was denied by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.
Dortmund wasted little time in getting back on level pegging, as Mats Hummels headed home the equalizer in the 48th minute off a short corner, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan supplying the assist.
Recently cap-tied U.S. men's national team midfielder Christian Pulisic entered in the 77th minute, absorbing an Alberto Moreno tackle almost immediately. Though it did not warrant a card, it did raise reaction from a national team teammate:
The series shifts to Anfield next Thursday, where Liverpool will carry an away-goal edge. For Liverpool, winning the Europa League is likely the club's only way to enter next season's Champions League. The Reds are in ninth place, nine points out of fourth with eight games to play in the Premier League. The Europa League winner, meanwhile, automatically secures a place in the following season's Champions League.