Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could return from a hamstring injury for the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund after travelling to Germany ahead of the game. Firmino joined the remainder of his teammates on the flight to northern Germany on the eve of the fixture and could make his long-awaited comeback on Thursday [7 April].
The Brazilian has not played since the draw in the last round against Manchester United at Old Trafford, missing the matches against Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur either side of the international break. Striker Christian Benteke is not available and Joe Gomez and Danny Ings remain long-term absentees, but otherwise Klopp has a fully fit squad to choose from for his first return to Dortmund as an opposition coach.
Klopp is expected to receive a warm reception from Dortmund supporters upon his return to the club he managed with great success for seven years. Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can – formerly of Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen – is well-versed in what to expect from Thomas Tuchel's side.
"I follow the Bundesliga so that's why I know their team. I played a few times against Dortmund so I know they're very strong," he told Liverpool's official website. "They press well, they can play football, and they have a good striker in [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang – he can always score.
"[Tuchel's teams] run a lot, I think. He likes when they run a lot, and they counter-attack – in Mainz it was the same – they have very good players who can play on the counter.
"We focus just on the game, we know that for the manager it's very big but I think he will give his best so we win the game," the Liverpool man added continued. "It's an advantage that he knows the team and the most important thing is that we are concentrated on the game.
"It's easy. It's normal [the hype] because he was there [seven years] and he won a lot of trophies there, so everybody is looking forward to seeing him again in Dortmund. But I think the most important thing is that we win the game."