Jurgen Klopp claims he wanted to draw Manchester United in Europa League

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It appears that everyone is thoroughly enjoying the fact that Liverpool and Manchester United have been drawn against each other in the Europa League.

Neutrals will now be taking a serious interest in the Champions League’s inferior brother with two fantastic crunch matches between the sides to come.

Also, both sets of fans have reacted in delight on Twitter at the prospect of two extra crunch matches to add to their calendar.

Liverpool fans will be hoping their side can gain revenge over their bitter rivals after suffering two Premier League defeats against Louis van Gaal’s men this campaign.

Meanwhile, United supporters will be relishing the prospect of beating the Merseysider’s four times in a single season, as they seek to salvage something from their disappointing campaign.

But the joy at the draw doesn't stop at the fans.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has also expressed his delight at drawing their Premier League rivals.

When asked about Europa League draw in his press conference, he put up two thumbs to show his approval.

"That's great, really great,” he said. We deserve these games. It's not easy but you can ask my staff. They said to me 'Who do we want?' and I said Man United."

Klopp wasn’t in charge when the Reds lost 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season but was at the helm for January’s undeserved 1-0 loss at Anfield.

The German manager believes that the upcoming Europa League ties will be a good opportunity for his players to make amends for that loss and declared his excitement at the tie.

"We have to clear something. We played a good game against them in January but we lost 1-0 (Wayne Rooney scored a late winner),” he said.

"We didn't deserve that. This is a chance to make it better. There was no easy game in this round. So Man United? Cool! With the draw today it seems like it is Liverpool against Manchester, like always, like it should be.”

Van Gaal will also be happy

Klopp isn’t likely to be the only manager that is delighted with the draw.

His opposite number, Van Gaal has a fantastic record against Liverpool during his time in England.

The Dutch boss has won all four matches in the Premier League against the Anfield club, scoring nine goals and conceding just two.

Liverpool will host United in the first-leg of the last-16 tie on March 10 with the return tie at Old Trafford a week later.

Champions League qualification

In previous years, a clash between these two sides in the Europa League would have been considered as largely underwhelming.

The two clubs have won eight Champions League trophies between them and it is always their aim to play in the elite European competition.

However, neither team having a realistic chance of a top four finish this season and, with the Europa League handing a Champions League spot for the winners, both clubs will be taking this competition very seriously as they both aim to save their poor campaigns.

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