Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is more worried about Borussia Dortmund’s on-pitch threat than any mixed emotions he will feel when facing his former club, 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.
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“It’s not going to be an inner battle between my old and my new love,” Klopp said.
“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.
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