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Jurgen Klopp and club anthem - Why Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have unique relationship

Jurgen Klopp is just one of a few connections
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)


Perhaps one of the loudest ever renditions of You’ll Never Walk Alone was belted out eight years ago when Borussia Dortmund visited Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League quarter-finals.

Both clubs have the song as their anthem, and the similarities do not end there. The two outfits share similar fan ethics and a long history - they met in the 1966 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, for instance.

That was their first ever meeting and it was only in 2001, in the Champions League, that the pair met for a second time - by which time Dortmund had adopted You’ll Never Walk Alone for themselves.

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Dortmund made their fifth European final since that meeting when they defeated PSG in the Champions League semi-finals last month.

In today's final, they face Real Madrid - a club Liverpool have faced three times in a European final, the first time being two years after that 1966 final loss to Dortmund. Defeats in the 2018 and 2022 Champions League finals will only add to Liverpool’s wish for Dortmund to prevail.

Aside from a goalless draw in 2001, Liverpool and Dortmund have played out some entertaining matches between them. Two have been draws and the others ended in wins for Liverpool - including that unforgettable 2016 Europa League meeting.

Thanks to Dejan Lovren’s last gasp header, that was the first of many memorable comebacks for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp, who of course is the biggest link between the two clubs. He was the man who took Dortmund to their last Champions League final in 2013, when they lost to Bayern Munich.

Dortmund have had their taste of European glory though, most notably in the 1997 Champions League final. Karl Heinz Reidle scored twice for Dortmund that day and, of course, went on to play for Liverpool.

He retired shortly after Liverpool played Dortmund in those Champions League group stage fixtures in 2001, a year which saw the Reds complete a treble by lifting the UEFA Cup - at Dortmund’s home ground.

Connections run deep and the respect between the two clubs mean those on Merseyside may be backing yellow over white in Saturday’s final.