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Europa League Draw: Klopp Returns To Dortmund In Massive Quarter Final Tie

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates a 3-1 aggregate victory after the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Having safely navigated their way past Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool were in the hat for this afternoon’s Europa League quarter final draw in Nyon.

Their reward for the 3-1 aggregate dismissal of Louis van Gaal’s side is a tie with German giants Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund, of course, were formerly managed by current Reds boss Jürgen Klopp, leading them to two Bundesliga titles as well as a Champions League final and earning himself legendary status in the process.

He is still revered at the Signal Iduna Park and his first visit there since leaving the club – after seven years in charge – at the end of last season will undoubtedly be an emotional occasion for him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on August 10, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

The three-time UEFA Cup champions are hitting form at just the right time, however, and manager Jürgen Klopp will be optimistic that his current side can overcome his old club next month.

Liverpool actually have previous on Dortmund’s ground too – the stadium was the site of Liverpool’s last taste of UEFA Cup success, beating Deportivo Alavés 5-4 in a thrilling final.

The Budesliga side are flying high in the table, however – sitting just five points behind Bayern Munich in the league table. They are considered by many to be the competition’s favourites as they continue to thrive under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Elsewhere in the draw, current Europa League holders Sevilla will face off against Athletic Bilbao in an all-Spanish tie, Villarreal will face Sparta Prague and Shakhtar Donetsk are to meet 2010 finalists Sporting Braga.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 14: Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla lifts the Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Sevilla FC and SL Benfica at Juventus Stadium on May 14, 2014 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Europa League Quarter Final Draw in Full:

Sporting Braga v Shakhtar Donetsk

Villarreal v Sparta Prague

Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla

Borussia Dortmund v Liverpool

 

The first legs of these ties will be played on Thursday April 7th, with the return legs taking place one week later.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.