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Klopp: Better to be in Dortmund than North Korea

2016-04-07 07:59
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Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that returning to Borussia Dortmund is better than being in “North Korea or something”.

The Reds will face Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.

Klopp’s return to Dortmund, where he won two Bundesliga titles, has garnered so much attention that there were reportedly 20 television crews, approximately twice as many photographers and around 100 journalists in attendance for his pre-match press conference. 

"A lot has been said but it is easy for me as I just have friends here," he told reporters.

"It's better to be here than North Korea or something. I don't think about my situation, not for one second."

Regarding the quarter-final clash, Klopp admitted that Dortmund have the upper hand and added that Liverpool have the "highest mountain to climb". 

However, he believes it would be a grave mistake for his former club to underestimate the Reds, especially as they have yet to be beaten in the Europa League and knocked out Manchester United in the round of 16.

"We have looked at the way Dortmund play but my players haven't travelled here without any hope we will get a result," he said. "If we are not good it will be easy for Dortmund but why should I think about this?

"Manchester United was the biggest game and biggest pressure so we are prepared for this. And you need a bit of luck."

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