All eyes will be on Jurgen Klopp tonight, as Liverpool play their Europa League quarter-final first leg at his old club Borussia Dortmund.
So much so, that there is even a “Klopp Cam” for viewers in Germany, for the full 90 minutes.
On Wednesday, Klopp gave his press conference at his old hunting ground and tried to explain why the game is not about him.
The Liverpool manager even argued that he was “disappointed” to have to talk about this, despite the fact it was completely inevitable, ever since the draw was made.
Klopp also made a good point about how we all start playing football, during our childhoods: “We always played … in the beginnings of our lives we always played against our best friends and we always beat them and that it how it was. And so it is absolutely no problem.”
The full transcript of Jurgen Klopp’s comments is after the video below.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager (on returning to Dortmund):
“What can I say? I am a little bit disappointed we have to speak about this – it is absolutely normal. I perhaps said goodbye nine months ago. I come back and during the game everything during the game is absolutely normal. So I think no one have to give advice. I don’t have to say “you have to celebrate when I come in” – I don’t want it, I never wanted it so I don’t need it. So during the game nobody has to think about how I could feel when they score a goal or things. That is the sport – we love it because of this. We always played … in the beginnings of our lives we always played against our best friends and we always beat them and that it how it was. And so it is absolutely no problem.”
“But you who follow our way now for a few months, you know that we had a few really good moments. And if we have a good moment tomorrow (Thursday) night, then it is a real challenge for both teams. If we are not good tomorrow then it will be easy for Borussia Dortmund. But why should I think about this? And why should I think about the next round? And we have the highest mountain to climb with Borussia Dortmund. But it is possible. It is absolutely possible. It is all we need. So let’s play football and talk about it afterwards if maybe, yeah.”