Well, that really hurts. It's tough to put into words what just transpired, but I'll do my best and try not to cry into my keyboard while doing it.
It looked like the tie was over and done for when Dortmund scored two goals in the opening ten minutes. Anfield was stunned and I'd already written us through to the Semis. Liverpool responded and put on the pressure, but Marco Reus' goal in the 57th minute should have really been the final nail in their coffin.
At that point Liverpool needed to score three goals in a little more than 30 minutes, without conceding to BVB. Impossible right? Unfortunately not due to a complete self-destruction in our defense.
Coutinho started the comeback with a nice goal, there wasn't much that could be done there. But Mamadou Sakho's header in the 77th was a result of horrendous defending. It wasn't even a good corner kick. Yet still somehow Coutinho's set piece found its way past FOUR Dortmund defenders until it was put home by Sakho. Roman Weidenfeller was also nowhere to be seen on the play.
Even with this horrible defensive showing, Dortmund still were in position to go through on away goals. Both teams attacked as the nerves set in for both players and fans at Anfield, and then the deathblow came in stoppage time.
Daniel Sturridge made easy work of Marcel Schmelzer and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to get the ball to James Milner. The Liverpool captain hung up a cross at the back post which Adrian Ramos jumped to early for. This was the fatal error for BVB as Ramos' early jump allowed Dejan Lovren to soar above him in the air and head the ball past Weidenfeller.
Roman Weidenfeller is a Dortmund legend, and the blame for this cannot be pinned on him alone, but I don't think we lose this game if Burki is in goal. Roman is 35-years-old, obviously he's not as quick across his line as he used to. Burki would've had a better shot at getting to either Sakho's or Lovren's goals and saving BVB's bacon.
There are really no excuses for going out of the Europa League like that. Dortmund were pretty easily the most talented team left in the field, but that doesn't matter now.
The worst part of the hurt is that nothing really matters now. BVB still have the German Cup semifinal to look forward to, but with second place in the Bundesliga pretty much nailed on it feels a bit like our season has ended today.
That's not to say it's been a bad season. Thomas Tuchel and this squad have done great things and have laid the foundation for a bright future. But holy crap losing like this sucks and we will not get over it soon.