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Ilkay Gundogan and Klopp set to be reunited .

Ilkay Gundogan takes to Twitter after Liverpool draw Borussia Dortmund

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You've probably heard by now: Jurgen Klopp will return to Dortmund with his Liverpool team after the two sides were placed together in today's Europa League quarter-final draw in Switzerland. 

The Reds will travel to Germany on April 7 with the return fixture taking place at Anfield one week later. 

Klopp, of course, departed Signal Iduna Park at the end of last season after guiding Dortmund to seventh place in the Bundesliga. The manager built up quite the reputation in Germany - he won two league titles and guided the club to a Champions League final - so proved to be quite the coup for Liverpool. 

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Unsurprisingly, Klopp's former player, Ilkay Gundogan, reacted to the prospect of coming up against his former manager. 

The German midfielder, who enjoyed a great deal of success under Klopp's regime, tweeted: 'He comes back!'

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Liverpool beat United 

The Reds, of course, emphatically secured their place in the last eight of the competition after seeing off Manchester United over two legs. 

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Liverpool sealed the deal at Old Trafford last night with a 1-1 draw. Despite falling behind on the night - Frenchman Anthony Martial struck home from the spot - the Reds showed great tactical nous to get back into the game. 

Gifted playmaker Philippe Coutinho produced a moment of genius to all but seal the tie; taking on Guillermo Varela with ease, he beautifully dinked the ball over David de Gea to hand the Reds a 3-1 aggregate lead. 

Manchester United v Liverpool - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

Ultimately, Klopp's side were too good for their Premier League counterparts, but they will be well aware that Dortmund will provide them with an even tougher test. 

Dortmund comfortably eased past north London outfit Tottenham, securing a 5-1 aggregate victory. Thomas Tuchel's side look as good as ever - they beat Spurs home and away - so Liverpool will have to be at their very best to overcome the favourites for the competition. 

Unsurprisingly, before this afternoon's draw, Klopp admitted that he was hoping to avoid his former club. 

Klopp didn't want Dortmund 

As per the Liverpool Echo, the Liverpool boss stated: “Dortmund? Of course not!” Why should I want the strongest team in the tournament in the next round? I'm not that silly!

Manchester United v Liverpool - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

“But if we go there, we will try to win. I'm pretty sure there are no easy games now, we have to be prepared.”

Dortmund really are flying right now, but Liverpool's recent form will give them confidence that they can produce two inspired performances in the quarter-finals. 

Liverpool fans: do you expect your side to overcome Dortmund? Have your say below! 

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Borussia Dortmund
Premier League
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