Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he is relishing the opportunity to meet his former boss Jurgen Klopp when Liverpool take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The Reds beat Manchester United on their way to this game, but given the difference in points between themselves and fourth placed Manchester City in the Premier League, this could be the best chance for Klopp's side to qualify for the Champions League next season.
The former Dortmund manager oversaw Aubameyang's transfer to the German side from St Etienne in 2013 and managed him for two years before making the move to Liverpool this season. The Gabon striker has come by leaps and bounds this season, scoring 23 goals and assisting five in the league thus far. The striker will be hoping to have a major impact in the game against Liverpool, but revealed that he wants to catch up with his former manager and thank him for the work he has put in for his initial development.
Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this season, with Manchester United ready to pay £60m ($85m) to secure his signature, according to the Mirror. Arsenal are also interested in the striker, but are unlikely to match United's financial superiority. However, Aubameyang has his eyes set on completing the season with Dortmund and wants to repeat his performance against Tottenham, where he scored three goals over two legs to push out Spurs from the tournament.
"It is very great for us to have this game," said Aubameyang, as quoted by Sky Sports. "We can show him that we have worked hard to get back to where we were and that we have progression. It will be a very difficult game, for sure, but we want to show Klopp that we are working very hard."
"I owe him a lot. It was great to work with him and he taught me many things. If I play like this as a striker now, it is because of him a little bit. I do not know what I will say when I see him again. All I know is that it will start with hello! We will speak a little bit in German, maybe. We will see what happens," he added.