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Europa League: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to face former club Borussia Dortmund in quarter finals

 
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will come up against his former club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter finals.

Klopp only left Dortmund at the end of last season, after seven years in charge, but will be returning to his old club next month with his current charges Liverpool.

Klopp's side drew 1-1 at Old Trafford against their old rivals Manchester United on Thursday evening to win the tie 3-1 on aggregate, with Coutinho's superb solo effort making the difference after Antony Martial's penalty gave United brief hope of a comeback.

Dortmund eased through against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, having taken a 3-0 win with them to North London, they won the second leg 2-1 and remain favourites to lift the Europa League this season.

Klopp's tenure at Dortmund saw him lead them to two Bundesliga titles as well as a Champions League final in 2013, which they lost to rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley.

Since taking over from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool earlier this season, he has slowly been able to imprint his own style on the squad, with their 2-0 first leg win over United a good example of this.

The challenge now is to find the consistency needed to challenge a Dortmund side who would not have looked out of place in the Champions League quarter finals.

They are also only seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City in the Premier League with a game in hand, meaning they can fight for a place in the Champions League on two fronts. 

The full draw:

Sporting Braga (Portugal) v Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Villarreal (Spain) v Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)

Athletic Bilbao (Spain) v Sevilla (Spain)

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) v Liverpool (England)

The Europa League quarter-finals will be played on 7 and 14 April.   

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