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Klopp overshadows Europa League quarters

dpadpa 6/04/2016 John Bagratuni

The return of Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp to former club Borussia Dortmund is getting all the attention ahead of soccer's Europa League quarter-finals.

The Juergen Klopp factor gives Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool the biggest attention in the Europa League quarter-finals but also still in the mix are history-seeking Sevilla.

The German coach Klopp is back in Dortmund for the first time since his departure last year after seven successful and emotional years, now seeking to guide the Reds into the final four.

The duel has been dubbed the "Klopp derby" and the man himself spoke of "a story only football can write" ahead of Thursday's first leg in Dortmund.

Sevilla meanwhile want to write their name into the record books again as the first team to win Europe's second-tier event three times in a row in the May 18 final in Basel, a year after claiming a record fourth title overall in the event.

In order to get there they must first prevail in a Spanish duel with the 2012 runners-up Atletico Bilbao.

Like in the Champions League, Spain have three teams left in the competition, the other being Villarreal who host Sparta Prague.

The other quarter-final brings together the 2009 champions Shakhtar Donetsk and the 2011 finalists Braga, with the first leg in Portugal.

Klopp won two Bundesligas and a German cup with Dortmund, and also led them into the 2013 Champions League final before quitting after the past season which went below par.

He is expected to receive a warm welcome at the Signal Iduna Park but Dortmund, admitted "I loved this place" but all nostalgia will end with the kick-off and the attention fully on the players.

Dortmund appear favourites on paper in a strong season which sees them just five points behind Munich and comfortable winners over Tottenham Hotspur in the last round. They boast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has netted 36 times in all competitions.

Liverpool are a modest ninth in the Premier League but boosted their morale by eliminating Manchester United in the last 16. Winning the Europa League appears their only chance to play in Europe next season.

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