12pm: Europa League quarter-final draw from Nyon.
It had to be didn't it? Jurgen Klopp will return to Borussia Dortmund just nine months after leaving the club with his new side Liverpool. Aside from the subtext that is a fascinating draw, but it does pit the the Reds against the favourites for the competition.
Elsewhere, just like with the Champions League draw two Spanish sides have been paired together as Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla are pitted together. The other La Liga side Villarreal take on the surprise package Sparta Prague while Sporting Braga take on Shakhtar.
Well that is all we have time for on this live blog of the Europa League draw. we will have live coverage of all of those ties, including Dortmund vs Liverpool in what is being already dubbed the Klopp derby. Until next time, goodbye.
Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla
Villarreal v Sparta Prague
Sporting Braga vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Marchetti just going through how the draw will work. Very simple as we reach the sharp end. Here we go....
No Gianni Infantino, the new Fifa president, to guide us through these draws nowadays so it over to Giorgio Marchetti to take a strong grip of proceedings in Nyon. He wishes all the eight teams good luck and introduces Europa League final ambassador Alexander Frei, whose former club Basel are hosting the final. They were knocked out by holders Sevilla in the last 16.
The ceremony has begun in Nyon, with a video helping explain which sides have progressed to the quarter-finals. You feel this is the phase of the competition where it really kicks into fear.
Unlike previous rounds, the draw for the last eight is open. Teams from the same league and country can be pitted against each other while there are no seeds either. Anything goes, thank goodness.
So who else is in the hat bar Liverpool for the draw with is expected to start around midday. As previously mentioned, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla are the leading contenders, and the latter is joined by two more Spanish clubs in the form of Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao - who knocked out Gary Neville's Valencia in the last 16.
Sparta Prague were perhaps the surprise package of the round as they knocked out Lazio in Rome, while Braga staged an almighty late assault to see off Fenerbahce having seemed destined to go out. The final team are another to be avoided in Shakhtar Donetsk, who edged past Anderlecht last night.
Let's turn our full attention to the Europa League then, where just eight sides remain in contention to reach the final in Basel in May. Liverpool are the English side remaining after West Ham, Southampton, Tottenham and Manchester United were ousted on the route to the quarter-finals. Jurgen Klopp's side are certainly among the stronger sides in the draw but they will fear running into either Borussia Dortmund or Sevilla. Here is a run down of the best and worst scenarios for the Reds.
Before we turn our attention to the Europa League draw, for those that have missed it the Champions League draw was made just a few moments ago. Head over to our live blog for all the news and who Manchester City have been paired with in the last eight.
And then there was one. Three teams entered the last 16 of the Europa League but only one, in the form of Liverpool, have emerged unscathed. While the competition offers the Reds an opportunity to make-up for their League Cup disappointment and claim a trophy in Jurgen Klopp's first season, a direct route into the Champions League makes this tournament key for the Merseyside club. In their way are seven sides, perhaps not among the top tier on the continent, who are looking to pile the pain on English clubs. Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund and reigning champions Sevilla are among them. The draw in full and all the build up is on the way.