Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted that fans of the club mustn't allow Jurgen Klopp to lull them 'into a false sense of security' as they prepare to play host to Liverpool on Thursday.
Watzke has insisted that Klopp will attempt to get fans on side to create a friendly atmosphere, but the Dortmund chief executive has insisted that the club must stick together in their pursuit of claiming a place in the semi-final of the Europa League.
Klopp, of course, will lead his Liverpool side to Germany on Thursday, where he will be reunited with the team he departed at the end of last season.
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Despite leaving Dortmund behind, Klopp is recognised as a legend at the club after his remarkable stint at the helm.
The revered coach secured back-to-back Bundesliga titles for the club, while he also guided them to the Champions League final.
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However, Klopp will plotting their downfall this week and Watzke is well aware that he could use the club's fans against them.
Watzke, as per The Guardian stated: “Most of all I fear that Klopp is trying to lull us into a false sense of security and that he will try to get our fans on his side to ensure that the match feels like a friendly.
“I would like to see that our fans pay their respects to Jürgen after the game but not before and not during it. We must stand together to be able to beat a club like Liverpool.”
Klopp, meanwhile, previously insisted that he was really happy to have drawn Dortmund, who are the favourites to win the competition.
The Liverpool boss stated: “I am really happy to introduce my new team to Dortmund. I am really happy to show the boys this wonderful stadium and a great city. We’re all happy.”
All to do
Klopp's new team will have to be at their best to eliminate Dortmund over two legs. Thomas Tuchel's side are an extremely dangerous prospect and have been flying under his guidance this season.
With the likes of Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and co. on show, Liverpool must defend admirably to stop Dortmund securing an early advantage in the tie.
Of course, if Liverpool can replicate the attitude and desire they showed over two legs against Manchester United, then it would be foolish to completely disregard them from this contest. Klopp will have to have a plan up his sleeve.
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