In a surprise move prior to the match, Jurgen Klopp gave the start at forward to the 20-year-old Origi rather than a healthy Daniel Sturridge. While Liverpool threatened a few times in the first half hour of football, Dortmund appeared much closer to getting the first goal thanks to some solid footwork from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, Origi was the man to break the tie just a few minutes before the half:
The goal from Divock Origi is just his sixth of the season and his first in the Europa League despite 10 appearances in the competition.
Origi has struggled to earn playing time in the Premier League but scored three goals in four appearances in the League Cup leading up to their tournament Final appearance.
Borussia Dortmund went into the contest not just as 5/2 favorites to win the two legs, but to win the entire competition. But with an away goal in hand, those odds may drop tremendously unless they can strike back before the end of the match.