International

Dortmund tie 'incredibly difficult'

2016-03-30 22:00
Jurgen Klopp (TEAMtalk)

London - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is more worried about former club Borussia Dortmund's on-pitch threat than any mixed emotions he will feel when facing them, he said on Wednesday.

Klopp will go up against Dortmund in a two-legged Europa League quarter-final beginning next week, having left the club at the end of last season following a richly successful seven-year spell.

It promises to be a unique occasion for the 48-year-old German, but with Dortmund currently second in the Bundesliga and Liverpool ninth in the Premier League, he is not thinking about sentiment.

"It's not going to be an inner battle between my old and my new love," Klopp said, in comments published on the Liverpool website.

"It won't be a problem for me. Before I joined BVB, I had a good relationship with (former club) Mainz.

"We are all aware how incredibly difficult this draw is for us. The way Dortmund plays commands enormous respect. But on a good day and when (we) put our plan into action, we have a chance.

"We always had a relatively good plan against teams who play football well. We will not rest anyone."

Dortmund crushed Liverpool's domestic rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16, while Klopp's side overcame arch rivals Manchester United 3-1.

Liverpool travel to Dortmund for the first leg of the quarter-final on April 7, with the return leg taking place at Anfield a week later.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.