Nuri Sahin says Borussia Dortmund players “have a great relationship” with former manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp will return to Dortmund, the club he managed for seven years from 2007, as manager of Liverpool in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.
The German won five trophies with Dortmund, including two Bundesliga titles, before resigning at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Klopp was then appointed Liverpool manager in October, replacing the sacked Brendan Rodgers, and the two sides now meet at the Westfalenstadion in the Europa League later this week.
Speaking to Sport1, Dortmund midfielder Sahin, who spent five months on loan at Anfield, says the current Dortmund players are looking forward to the reunion.
“We have worked together for seven, eight years,” Sahin told Sport1. “That he knows us is beyond question. We know him well. We all have a great relationship with Klopp. That will not suffer in these two games.”
On his ill-fated spell at Anfield in 2012, Sahin added: “I was only there for three and a half, four months. It was a short but very nice time. I cannot say anything bad about this club. It was my desire to go back to Borussia.
“What I will never forget is the training ground. The club Liverpool is great.
“Even if they have not won a major title since 2005, it is an extremely well-organised team.”