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Liverpool boss Klopp relishes Borussia Dortmund reunion

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is happy to be drawn against former club and Europa League favourites Borussia Dortmund - less than 24 hours after saying he would be "silly" to want them in the quarter-final draw.

The two sides were pitted together in the biggest tie of the round which presents the German with a romantic reunion with the side he left last summer.

"I am really happy with the draw," said Klopp. "I am really happy to introduce my new team to Dortmund.

"I am really happy to show the boys this wonderful stadium and a great city. It's a story only football can write."

The draw, which will see Liverpool travel to the Westfalenstadion on April 7 with the return leg a week later, sent social media into meltdown and the focus will only increase as the match approaches. It is one of the ties of the tournament so far and Klopp, whose side dispatched arch-rivals Manchester United in another mouth-watering encounter in the last 16, believes it proves the strength of the competition.

Unlike Klopp, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke did not underplay the fixture.

"It feels it will be a momentous occasion when Klopp returns to Signal Iduna Park for the first leg," he said.

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