Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final clash against Borussia Dortmund has been dubbed ‘El Kloppico.’
Jurgen Klopp will be returning to the club that he managed for seven years and where he is still regarded as a hero.
The German boss won consecutive league titles for Dortmund and led them to a Champions League final during his helm at the Westfalenstadion.
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But it’s not just his success as a manager that makes Klopp loveable.
The 48-year-old’s character makes him a fan favourite and, despite only being appointed in October, Klopp is already adored by Kopites.
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So, it’s no wonder that there is a lot of Klopp hype ahead of tonight’s clash. Both sets of fans love him and it will be an emotional night.
It’s not just during the match that fans will be singing about Klopp. Before the tie, both Dortmund and Liverpool fans gathered in the city centre to shout the name of the eccentric manager.
It certainly appeared to be a fantastic atmosphere in Dortmund throughout the day. There is clearly no hostility between the two sides with those in red shirts enjoying a beer or two with those in yellow shirts.
If the scenes in the city square this afternoon are anything to do by, the noise levels in the stadium are going to be incredible.
The stadium can usually fit over 80,000 fans on a usual league match but, with Europa League rules stating that no standing is allowed, the capacity is reduced to around 65,000.
At around 8pm, every fan will be performing a rousing rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ - an anthem that both clubs sing.
The Europa League poses as Liverpool’s only real chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Reds are nine points off Manchester City in fourth - although they do have a game in hand.
Therefore, they will be looking to win the competition they have already won three times when it was formally named the UEFA Cup. A cup triumph would also represent their first trophy since 2012 - and an important first piece of silverware since the arrival of Klopp.
On the other hand, Dortmund are still fighting on three fronts. They trail Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga by five points, in the semi-finals of the German cup and looking to win their first ever Europa League.
Dortmund are favourites to progress to the final four of the competition but one thing is for sure, the two matches are sure to be pulsating affairs.
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