UEFA Europa League: ‘Man United? cool’, says Klopp as Liverpool pull sour rivals in Round of 16

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Nyon, Switzerland: Eternal rivals Manchester United and Liverpool were drawn together in a Europa League final 16 in Nyon on Friday.

It is a initial time a dual many successful teams in English story have been drawn together in European competition. United have won a English pretension 20 times and a Champions League 3 times, compared to 18 and 5 for Liverpool. Between a span they have won 18 European trophies, including a Super Cup.

The pull gay Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “It’s great. We merit these games,” he said. “Obviously it is not easy though we can ask my staff though when they asked me yesterday who we wanted, we pronounced ‘Man United’. I consider we have to transparent something. We had a good diversion when we mislaid 1-0 (in a league) though it was not what we deserved. It gives us a possibility to make it improved and that is what we will try to do. There were no easy games in this turn so there was no possibility for an easy game. Man United — cool.”

Manchester United will accommodate arch-nemesis Liverpool in Europa League Round of 16. Getty

Before then, Liverpool transport to Wembley to face Manchester City in a League Cup final on Sunday.

“With a pull currently it seems like it is Liverpool opposite Manchester — like always — though now in unequivocally critical games,” combined Klopp.

The plum tie of a turn will see United, who have never won a competition, conduct to Anfield on Mar 10 before hosting a Reds during Old Trafford a week later. United’s players seem as vehement as Klopp, with goalkeeper David De Gea essay on Twitter: “C’mon”.

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, now a pundit on British Sky Sports, took to Twitter to stoke a adversary in a joyful fashion.

“Great Europa League pull for LFC, if we win happy days if we remove LVG will substantially stay!!” he said, referring to United manager Louis outpost Gaal, who has substantially been some-more renouned on Merseyside than in Manchester this deteriorate due to United’s troubles.

United reached this theatre interjection to their come-from-behind 5-1 win over Danes Midtylland on Thursday in that debutant teen Marcus Rashford scored a prop to hold a Red Devils to a 6-3 total victory. Liverpool scored early though afterwards limped to a 1-0 win over Germans Augsburg on Thursday night to swell by a same measure on aggregate.

Three-time former winners Liverpool final won a foe in a prior guise as a UEFA Cup in 2001.

In another single-country draw, former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville’s Valencia will take on Athletic Bilbao.

Holders Sevilla faced a kinder pull opposite Basel, where this season’s final will be held, though there was zero kind about Borussia Dortmund being interconnected with Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a tough pull for a Germans as Bayer Leverkusen plucked Villarreal out of a shawl while former winners Shakhtar Donetsk and Anderlecht were paired.

Shakhtar won a foe in 2008 while Sevilla have triumphed 4 times in a final 10 years.

Valencia carried a prize in 2004 while Athletic were runners-up in 2012.

Tottenham are twice former winners of a UEFA Cup while Dortmund were beaten finalists on dual occasions.

Draw:

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Anderlecht (BEL)

Basel (SUI) v Sevilla (ESP)

Villarreal (ESP) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

Athletic Bilbao (ESP) v Valencia (ESP)

Liverpool (ENG) v Manchester United (ENG)

Sparta Prague (CZE) v Lazio (ITA)

Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Fenerbahce (TUR) Sporting Braga (POR)

Ties to be played on Mar 10 and 17

 

AFP

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