Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final clash against Borussia Dortmund has been overshadowed by the return of Jurgen Klopp to his former club.
The German spent seven successful years at the Westfalenstadion, winning two Bundesliga titles and leading them to the final of the Champions League.
The first-leg of the Europa League clash will represent Klopp’s first visit to the German club since he left last summer and, as you’re probably well aware, there has been plenty of hype surrounding it.
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Dortmund have already began the jokes by welcoming the Liverpool boss with a sign that reminded him which changing room to enter when he arrives at the stadium this evening.
But, one German TV channel took it one step further - In fact, it was probably more than one step.
Earlier this week, Sport1 revealed that they would be doing a “KloppCam” during the match, a camera focused on the eccentric manager.
What does Klopp think of that? He must be flattered that people want to watch him for 90 minutes. Not exactly.
“There’s what? KloppCam?” he asked a reporter, per The Guardian, when the idea was brought up.
After being explained the concept, Klopp gave his thoughts on it.
“They can’t put a camera in front of my face. You see how crazy the world is? I don’t know what I can do,” he said.
“If someone is silly enough to want to see my face for 90 minutes I cannot change the world. I can’t believe it is like this but if it is true I have to think about whether I will talk with this television station in my life again.
“I’m pretty sure I will not, if I don’t have to. Maybe they will think about that because I have done a few interviews with them before. But that’s how it is,” he added.
Focus on winning
When the match kicks off, Klopp will be forgetting all about any cameras focusing on him and will be hoping to lead his new side to the semi-finals of the competition. He will be hoping his side can produce a positive result to take back to Anfield next week.
Liverpool’s only realistic opportunity to qualify for next season’s Champions League comes in the form of winning the Europa League - not to mention the fact it poses as an opportunity to win their first trophy since 2012.
In the league, the Reds are nine points off Manchester City in fourth - although they do have a match in hand - and finishing in the top four looks highly unlikely.