Jurgen Klopp says his connection with Borussia Dortmund will not stop him from celebrating like a madman if Liverpool score a dramatic goal in the Westfallenhalen on Thursday evening.
The German manager has a reputation for his animated touchline antics and has warned Dortmund fans that they will be getting no special treatment as he prepares to return to the ground where he made his name.
Liverpool face the Bundesliga outfit in a Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday. With Dortmund heavy favourites to qualify and Liverpool looking for a major piece of silverware, it represents Klopp's biggest game in charge of the Reds thus far.
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And while Liverpool face a tough task knocking Thomas Tuchel's side out, the presence of Klopp gives them every chance; few know the intricacies of the Black and Yellow more than he does.
Klopp spent seven successful seasons with Borussia Dortmund, winning two Bundesliga titles, a DFB-Pokal and even took the team to the Champions League final in 2013.
Ready to celebrate
He happily admits that Dortmund hold a special place in his heart, but offered up a long and excellent explanation as to why he will celebrate any goal Liverpool score.
"I will celebrate, of course," he said. "I did it when I came back to Mainz with Dortmund, and I was there for 18 years. If after seven years they don't know me well enough that if my team should score then I will celebrate, well...
"It [my reaction] depends, if it's in the first minute I don't know, I won't go running down the line. But if it's important, if it's decisive, in this moment that's what happens.
"It's not that I plan this, but I will not go there and take some pills that means I won't celebrate a goal. At Mainz they knew about it. We had a big celebration when I left, it was 'thank you' and when I went back there it's what they expected.
"I did everything for Mainz, I did everything for Dortmund and now I do everything for Liverpool – it is like it is."
Using his father as the perfect analogy, Klopp said it was perfectly possible for him to love Dortmund and be determined to knock them out of the Europa League at the same time.
"My father loved me overall but when we played something against each other he wanted to beat me," he explained.
"I needed 15 years to beat him for the first time, but that wasn't his problem and there was no doubt about our relationship.
"It's a game still, even if people are not always aware of it."
As reported by the Mirror, Klopp's master plan will involve starting 20-year-old Divock Origi ahead of first-team regular Daniel Sturridge. The strong and industrious Belgian has been far from prolific this season but has impressed the German coach with his mixture of strength, pace and hard work.
Sturridge has travelled with the squad but recent training sessions have suggested he will be starting amongst the substitutes.
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