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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not welcomed the extra attention associated with his return to Borussia Dortmund.

Jurgen Klopp not letting attention on his Borussia Dortmund return get to him

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not enjoyed the focus placed on him on his return to former club Borussia Dortmund but will not let it stress him out.

The 48-year-old German is back at the club he led to consecutive Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final during seven years at the Westfalenstadion in which he elevated Dortmund to one of the best sides in Europe.

His departure in the summer was an emotional one for fans and so his reappearance less than a year later has understandably led to the German media machine going into overdrive.

Plans for a Klopp Cam - not well received by the Reds boss when he heard of the plan - to focus on him for the 90 minutes of the game have been shelved by one host broadcaster but the interest in Dortmund's favourite adopted son is huge nonetheless.

Klopp, however, has brushed it aside as he focuses on the Europa League quarter-final first leg.

"Stress is the moment when I leave the bus, go into the stadium and meet every security man and each person working there who I know," he said.

"Usually I'm a kind person who would say hello and talk a little bit - that is stressful for me because when I am in the dressing room it is work.

"I don't know how many games I was manager there but it was a lot and I enjoyed it but I said thank you because I knew I would never again enjoy this in my life.

"It's absolutely great and one of the best things you can do to go there but the stories around this game is not what I need.

"I know I am only one part of the game but if people around me act differently I can't change that and I don't care about it.

"For me, the private personal stress will be when I meet people who I know and I like and I don't have time to speak with them."

The man who replaced Klopp at Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel, has maintained his good work, with the club pushing Bayern Munich in the title race.

He expects Klopp to be well received but insists his players, most of whom were made into the force they are by their former boss, are professional enough to get the job done.

"Anything else but a warm welcome for Jurgen Klopp will be a surprise," he said.

"But from the moment the whistle goes Jurgen Klopp will want nothing else than to win - and us too."

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