Borussia Dortmund have reacted with glee at the news of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s imminent return.
Klopp left the German side in the summer after seven successful years, winning the Bundesliga twice, as well as a DFB-Pokal, two DFL-Supercups, and a Champions League runners-up medal.
The German moved to Liverpool in October after Brendan Rodgers’ sacking, and the two club will now face each other in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Klopp admitted that he “hates” the prospect of the increased media attention surrounding him ahead of the clash.
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 told bvb.com.
“Jurgen Klopp is coming home and this is surely something special for him.
“We were sure we would meet Liverpool at some point in the competition and now we are looking forward to these extremely attractive duels.”
Dortmund defender Neven Subotic is looking forward to the reunion.
“It is very exciting to see Kloppo again,” he said.
“I trained with him for nine years and he has done very well there – he has changed the team – and I’m obviously excited to play against his new team.
“It’s definitely going to be nice to see him again.”