Marco Reus could only laugh after finding out that Borussia Dortmund will take on Liverpool in the Europe League quarter-final.
Of course, the tie has extra significance because it will see Jurgen Klopp take on his former team.
And it is for this reason that Reus and his Dortmund teammates chuckled when the draw was made.
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Dortmund and Liverpool are two of the tournament’s favourites, so it is quite a shame that they will meet in the last-eight as opposed to the semi-final, or even the final.
Yet the whole of Europe is eager to see the tie for one reason: Jurgen Klopp.
The charismatic German was a mighty success in Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga in back-to-back seasons over Bayern Munich and guiding BVB to a Champions League final.
He joined Liverpool in October following Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal, yet remains an admired figure at Signal Idun Park.
As Reus’ quotes prove.
Liverpool have great attackers
The playmaker is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as telling Bild: “We chuckled when we heard the news because it was clear the old coach will return home.
“But we directly said that it’s not BVB versus Klopp, but rather Dortmund versus Liverpool. We accept the draw. We’re professional and hungry for success.
“Should we wane just a few percentage points then we’ll be without a chance. They have a good team, and especially in attack they have great players.”
That much is true. Liverpool’s attack, featuring Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, has ripped apart Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton this season.
Yet Dortmund aren’t short of attacking options, either. Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the creative forces behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scorer of 35 goals this season.
Reus has been linked with a move
Reus has long been linked with a move away from Dortmund, to one of Europe’s bigger clubs, but that he signed a contract extension last season proves his heart remains yellow.
“I opted for BVB because I need my regular environment where I feel at home,” he added.
“It has nothing to do that I am not able to handle the pressure or what is permanently speculated. We are also measured in wins and trophies here at Dortmund.
“Domestically, we just have the problems right now that Bayern constantly play on a level which we have not reached yet. But we want to get there, and we feel that we are absolutely capable of it.”
Dortmund are five points behind Bayern in the standings but a win over Klopp’s new team en route to Europa League glory will count as a successful season.