Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his long standing relationship with his former club Borussia Dortmund meant he did not wake up feeling happy the morning after the 4-3 win at Anfield against the German club in the Europa League.
The Red came from 3-1 down to beat Dortmund with a last minute Dejan Lovren goal, winning the tie 5-4 on aggregate, but the German manager still has many ties with his old club and he felt sympathy for what they must have been going through after the dramatic loss. He told UEFA.com:
“The morning after the game was completely different because usually after a match like that, you wake up and you think: ‘Oh great, what a wonderful thing.'”
“This time I was not in the best shape, to be honest, and I had no real idea why, and then I realised: ‘Ah yes, they lost.'”
“I had seven wonderful years at Dortmund and I knew how they felt. I knew what they would have done in the hotel and how it would have been when they woke up and all met for breakfast. I knew what the mood would have been like.”
The Reds’ next match is on Thursday night against Villarreal at El Madrigal in the semi-final of the Europa League. The Reds will have to do without Mamadou Sakho who has decided not to contest his failed drug test. He says there are mitigating circumstances which he would like UEFA to consider before they determine the length of his punishment.