Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has discussed his side's draw against his old club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, admitting to the Reds' official website that he will return with mixed feelings.
Klopp will revisit his former club for the first time since leaving them at the end of last season after a seven-year spell in which he won two Bundesliga titles and steered the Germans to a Champions League final.
He now faces a return to Signal Iduna Park after Liverpool were drawn against Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals, one which has been described as a fairytale.
However, Klopp admitted that although it will be a dream to face his former club so soon after leaving, it will be just as difficult for him as it will be enjoyable.
He told Liverpool's website: "I am really happy with the draw. I am really happy to introduce my new team to Dortmund. I am really happy to show the boys this wonderful stadium and a great city. It’s a story only football can write.
"After seven years at Dortmund, I went for the first time to Mainz’s stadium [after an 18-year association with the club]. It was never easy to go back and meet some friends or things like this because there was always another manager and I thought ‘I don’t want to disturb’. I have a similar problem in Dortmund, to be honest.
"I am looking forward to going there. I loved this place, a few of the best things in my life happened there, so of course I am looking forward to it. But on the other side, I hate the hype around my person in these matches. I know about the business and all the circumstances, that’s clear, but I don’t like it to be honest."
For all his discomfort at the hype surrounding his return, Klopp is certain to be given a rapturous welcome back by Dortmund fans, players, and the German media when Liverpool travel for the first leg of the tie on 7 April.
It is one that he and his players will have to overcome if they are to secure a good result on the ground of the side which saw off Premier League title chasers Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 on aggregate in the previous round.
Despite his affection for Dortmund, Klopp will be hoping to overcome his former side and lead Liverpool to their first European semi-final since 2010.