When two clubs who have passionate supporters play against each other on a big occasion it’s usually an amazing atmosphere. But when Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund supporters get the chance to serenade the Signal Iduna Park with You’ll Never Walk Alone in unison it’s simply breath-taking.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that he is happy to have drawn former club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.
The Reds won an epic battle against Manchester United in the last round, in the first time the sides had met in European competition.
The Merseyside outfit are now in the quarter-finals of the tournament and have a chance of ending an inconsistent campaign with silverware.
Klopp was in charge at Signal Iduna Park for seven years but left the Bundesliga giants at the end of last season, with Thomas Tuchel taking his place.
The German has since assumed the role at Anfield and is being charged with bringing the glory days back to the club.
A reunion with his former employers will surely be an emotional and surreal experience, but Klopp has stated that he wanted his current club and his old one to be paired at Friday’s draw.
He told the Liverpool website:
“I am really happy with the draw. Yesterday I said why should I wish [to get] the strongest team in the tournament, but obviously if you want to win the Europa League, and when you are in the quarter-final, then you have to beat the strongest teams.
“It is better to play against them in two games than in only one game. I am really happy to introduce my new team to Dortmund.
“I am really happy to show the boys this wonderful stadium and a great city. It’s a story only football can write. We’re all happy.
“During the draw we had our video analysis meeting for Southampton and after that we were immediately training, so maybe my cell phone is full of messages – I need to have a look on there!”
Liverpool’s leadership have acted swiftly to appoint Jürgen Klopp as Brendan Rodgers’ successor as manager.
Liverpool Football Club have confirmed the appointment of Jürgen Norbert Klopp as Liverpool manager. A one-club man as a player, Klopp showed his talents at Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund with a tactical system based on gegenpressing, fast breaks, and exciting football. Željko Buvač and Peter Krawietz are expected to join Klopp as part of new coaching team at Anfield after letting Gary McAllister, Sean O’Driscoll, Chris Davies, and Glen Driscoll go. McAllister, however, will remain with the club in an ambassadorial position.
The 48-year-old agreed a three-year contract to succeed Brendan Rodgers in the dugout in his first coaching position outside of his native Germany. He has been the overwhelming fan-favourite for the job since the summer and brings hope of a revival at Anfield. FSG have lived up to promises of acting “in a decisive and timely manner” to secure the services of one of football’s most sought-after managers. Within a week of sacking Rodgers, Liverpool have one of the most exciting figures in the game as a replacement.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 8, 2015
After a disappointing campaign, the former Borussia Dortmund head coach left his role at the North Rhine-Westphalia club in the summer to take a sabbatical after 14 years of coaching without a break. He also spent his entire playing career at Mainz 05 before succeeding Eckhard Krautzun in the dugout. After making history with Mainz by steering them to a first Bundesliga appearance, Klopp resigned after failing to achieve promotion.
The footballing philosophy, charisma, and bright mind displayed during Klopp’s tenure at Mainz 05 was rewarded with a position immediately after officially departing a club where he spent 21 years as player and head coach. Thomas Doll’s struggles at Borussia Dortmund created an opening, and the Stuttgart native enhanced his reputation in his second coaching job by winning two Bundesliga titles, destroying Bayern Munich to win the club’s third DFB-Pokal, and reaching the club’s second-ever Champions League final.
Jürgen Klopp becomes Liverpool’s twentieth full-time manager. Liverpool is only the third club to be associated with Klopp in a senior playing and coaching career that began in 1989.
Klopp’s first game will be at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur after the international break.
The Reds are reportedly considering bringing an end to Nuri Sahin’s loan spell with the club. The Turkish international joined Liverpool on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid but has failed to impress, making just seven appearances in the league and scoring one goal. Sahin was also not in the squad for the FA Cup third round victory over Mansfield last weekend which really says it all.
It is understood Liverpool will be able to cancel his loan this month but it is believed will only do so with the player’s and Real Madrid’s agreement.
It is rumoured that the 24-year-old might go on loan to Inter Milan or Borussia Dortmund who are both interested in securing the service of the player. Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc said recently the Bundesliga club,
“Of course we are following Nuri’s career – he’s one of our lads. We said to him back then (when he left), if Nuri says that he wants nothing other than to play in Dortmund, then we will deal with the issue. But it has got to be manageable, and nothing has changed in that regard.”
Sahin clearly has all the talent but seems to lack the hunger to fight for his place. Liverpool simply cannot afford to pay £70,000 a week for a player to have him sit on the bench. The Reds already have good depth in the midfield department with Steven Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey, Lucas, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen and frankly I don’t see a place for Sahin in the starting XI.
What does everyone think of Sahin and how he has performed in a Liverpool shirt this season?