Jurgen Klopp previewed Liverpool’s UEFA Europa League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday at a press conference inside the Bundesliga (German first division) club’s stadium.
Here’s a selection of key points from the manager.
On being back at Signal Iduna Park:
We were lucky to get here a bit early, so that gave me 20 minutes or so to catch up with some old friends. Of course, there a lot of people I know here, and I think it would have been a bit daft not to have that chance. Tomorrow is different, tomorrow is the game — we’ll come here focused on that and make our way straight to the dressing room. Tomorrow is about football, but today was a chance to have some private time.
On knowing Dortmund’s players:
It’s not really a crucial factor. My players are not expecting me to give them a detailed breakdown of every single Dortmund player, and whether they turn to the left or the right … or through the middle. Obviously we have looked at the way Dortmund play and looked at their game, and we have seen their development. They play attractive football. But we haven’t traveled here without any hope we’ll get a result tomorrow. There’ll be moments in the game when we get our chances, those will come. Everybody has said, we have said, that Borussia Dortmund are favorites in this competition. I don’t think anybody really disagrees with that, and that’s understandable given they are having a great season. They are potentially German champions, potentially cup winners and in the Europa League — they could make an historic treble. But tomorrow is the Europa League, and that’s what we’re concerned with.
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