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Published: 10:07 | 18/3/16

Klopp wants Dortmund in the final


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he would prefer to wait until the final to face former club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

The Reds are England’s sole representative in the last eight of the competition after beating Manchester United 3-1 on aggregate in the Round of !6 following Thursday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, with Tottenham crashing out to Dortmund on the same night.

Klopp took Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley but left the club at the end of the 2015 season after announcing his intention to take a sabbatical.

He said: “I have contacts with my Dortmund friends, they all would like to play against us – but in Basle (in the final).

“But you saw all the results, there are only good teams left in the race. It’s cool. Last eight? Perfect.”

Klopp said before the Round of 16 draw that he hoped to face United, but when asked whether he would now like to face his former club Dortmund in the quarter-finals, admitted that he would prefer to draw another team.

"Why should I want the strongest team in the next round - I'm not so silly?" he added.

"I saw only a bit of the other results but I am pretty sure there are no easy games so we have to be prepared."

Klopp also confirmed that club captain Jordan Henderson did not pick up an injury in the second leg at Old Trafford, despite his being substituted after 71 minutes, and should be fit for the Premier League match against Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday..

"No, he is ill. Can I use the word vomiting? At half time he did this so we asked if he was okay and he said yes. But it was clear [there was something wrong]," he said.

In other news, both sides have been charged by Uefa following disturbances at Thursday night’s second leg.

United have been charged over crowd disturbances, the throwing of objects and stairways being blocked, while Liverpool have been charged over illicit chants, setting off fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and arriving late for kick-off.

The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 19 May.

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