Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has praised Liverpool following their win over the Bundesliga club in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and believes Jurgen Klopp has brought a special energy with him to the Reds this season. The Gabon international forward has backed the Merseyside club to go all the way in the second-tier European club competition ahead of their last four clash against Villarreal on Thursday (28 April).
Liverpool mounted a stunning comeback at Anfield to win the second leg 4-3 despite going two goals down inside the opening ten minutes and the striker has credited the former Dortmund manager for instilling that never give up attitude in his players.
"Even now I can't believe it [on Liverpool's comeback win]. For sure I think Jurgen Klopp was a factor. When we played in Dortmund, everyone was speaking about him and he knows us," Aubameyang said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"After 3-1 I don't think we thought 'okay, now we can keep calm', but I think we were a little bit too deep in our own half. Normally we'd have done more pressing and it would have been good."
"Liverpool have something special. Klopp has brought this energy. They can win every time, and even when they're losing they can come back. They have something special I think, and they can win the Europa League for sure," he added.
The 26-year-old forward has been prolific for the Bundesliga club this season scoring 37 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions, and this has seen him linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The Signal Iduna Park outfit are reluctant to let their star forward go, but have revealed that they could consider a transfer if interested clubs make a bid in the region of €100m (£77m, $112m). Aubameyang has already played in three of the five major European leagues, with Spain and England the only two remaining and he has admitted that both the leagues interest him, one for personal reasons, and the other for pure playing pleasure.
"I hope so! Why not? It would be very good, very nice. We will see. My dream is to play in Spain, because my mother is from Spain and I have some family there. It is one of my dreams. But for the moment I'm in Germany
"I watch the Premier League for sure. I watch some games. The teams are very, very good and I like it because every game is open. And there's so much space – and I love space because then I can run! That's why it's a very good and very special league."