Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that he is happy to have drawn former club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.
The Reds won an epic battle against Manchester United in the last round, in the first time the sides had met in European competition.
The Merseyside outfit are now in the quarter-finals of the tournament and have a chance of ending an inconsistent campaign with silverware.
Klopp was in charge at Signal Iduna Park for seven years but left the Bundesliga giants at the end of last season, with Thomas Tuchel taking his place.
The German has since assumed the role at Anfield and is being charged with bringing the glory days back to the club.
A reunion with his former employers will surely be an emotional and surreal experience, but Klopp has stated that he wanted his current club and his old one to be paired at Friday’s draw.
He told the Liverpool website:
“I am really happy with the draw. Yesterday I said why should I wish [to get] the strongest team in the tournament, but obviously if you want to win the Europa League, and when you are in the quarter-final, then you have to beat the strongest teams.
“It is better to play against them in two games than in only one game. 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. We’re all happy.
“During the draw we had our video analysis meeting for Southampton and after that we were immediately training, so maybe my cell phone is full of messages – I need to have a look on there!”