Klopp: I don't want Dortmund next…they are the strongest team left!

A superb individual effort from Philippe Coutinho cancelled out Anthony Martial’s earlier penalty, and the Reds boss is keen to avoid his old club next


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to avoid facing former club Borussia Dortmund in the next round of the Europa League.

The Reds drew 1-1 with rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday night to secure a 3-1 victory on aggregate an advance to the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, in north London, Dortmund beat Tottenham 2-1 to wrap up an impressive 5-1 aggregate win over two legs, leaving Klopp keen to avoid the side he says are the strongest in the competition.

“I don’t want Dortmund next,” he told reporters. “Why would I want the strongest team in the tournament?”

A superb individual effort from Philippe Coutinho cancelled out Anthony Martial’s earlier penalty, denting any chances of a United fight-back at 3-1 down – having also conceded an away goal.


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And Klopp admits the second leg was troublesome before a “genius moment” from Coutinho.

He said: “Yes, there were moments we knew they would show a reaction.

“They were much more intensive than in the first game, we had a little bit of trouble with them winning second balls in the first half.

“But when we used the ball with the extra time we had, we created wonderful chances. De Gea had another good night. They got a penalty – I think it was a penalty – then Phil had a genius moment. It was a wonderful moment.

“You know Phil longer than I know him! He had a lot of good moments in the first half. It was a little bit like Man City. It was brilliant what he did. What you can do in a situation like this, it was brilliant.”

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