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Klopp upset at UEFA's Dortmund decision

dpa logodpa 13/04/2017

Juergen Klopp has questioned UEFA's decision to make his former club Borussia Dortmund play just 24 hours after an attack on the team bus.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has questioned UEFA's decision to make his former club Borussia Dortmund play a Champions League match just 24 hours after the team's bus was attacked.

The bomb attack on the bus as it was en route to the home quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Tuesday left defender Marc Bartra injured and the team in shock.

The game was postponed until Wednesday when Dortmund fell behind 2-0 and eventually lost 3-2.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel criticised UEFA's decision to play the day after, saying it was made without consultation.

Klopp said that while he understood the difficulties facing European football the decision makers would have they been affected by the incident.

"I'm pretty sure if somebody of the people who made the decision afterwards would have been in the bus then they wouldn't have played the game," he told a news conference on Thursday.

"When you're not in the bus then I'm sure you cannot really imagine how it was exactly. The game is over and it's done, it was a football game."

Klopp added he could "100 per cent understand both sides" of the debate as fixture congestion limits the options of a rescheduled date.

He also had nothing but praise for his former side's effort in the face of adversity.

"I saw the game and I was really proud of Borussia Dortmund, how they handled it, how they created this atmosphere," he said.

"Again, the game was not too important but when they then played the game, they tried to be at their best.

"I saw the faces of my former players, saw the shock in their eyes and that was really, really hard, so I forgot the game again immediately, I only thought about them."

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