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Hummels: 'We are simply desperate to beat Klopp. We have to beat him'

The German defender wants to “drive Klopp mad” when he returns to his old club in the Europa League next month.

Jurgen Klopp and Mats Hummels.
Jurgen Klopp and Mats Hummels.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND DEFENDER Mats Hummels admits his colleagues are “simply desperate” to beat former coach Jurgen Klopp when his Liverpool side visit Signal Iduna Park.

Klopp enjoyed a hugely successful spell with Dortmund between 2008 and 2015, winning two Bundesliga titles and taking them to the 2013 Champions League final.

He replaced Brendan Rodgers as the man in charge at Liverpool back in October, but will return to Dortmud in April when his new club and his old side lock horns in the Europe League.

Hummels expects an emotional encounter, but is nonetheless determined to beat Klopp and reach the semi-finals of the competition.

“The tie with Liverpool is one where we are simply desperate to beat Klopp. We have to beat him,” Hummels told ZDF. “Of course, he will get a warm welcome and a warm farewell. But I hope to drive him mad in between.

“There will be a lot of media attention. And it will be something special for the players to meet Klopp again. It will be very interesting, also on an emotional level. But I try not to think about it too much yet. I already said after we were paired with Liverpool that we will start thinking about it when the game is actually around the corner.”

The first leg at the Signal Iduna Park takes place on 7 April, with the return at Anfield scheduled for 14 April.

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