Klopp: It was Liverpool vs De Gea


The sides played to a 1-1 draw in their second leg Europa League Last 16 tie in Manchester, but Klopp's outfit still marched on with a 3-1 aggregate result.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring for the hosts after netting a penalty in the 32nd minute, however, Philippe Coutinho equalised with a wonderful solo run on the stroke of half-time to put the tie to bed.

Klopp praised the intensity shown by his side on the night, while also lauding De Gea's display as well as the dazzling goal from Coutinho.

"It was nice and intense. You could see, you could feel the atmosphere again," he told BT Sport.

"It was an intensive game. They tried to play really offensive, but we had our chances.

"It was Liverpool against David de Gea. It was unbelievable what he did again.

"We scored an unbelievable situation from Philippe Coutinho. Fantastic. The game changed.

"He had another situation where we had a brilliant offensive situation. He is a young lad still but he thinks about [the game], you can see in his face."

The victory sees Liverpool join Villareal, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Sparta Prague, Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Klopp also hinted at a dream final showdown with his former employers, and says his old friends Dortmund are hoping for the same outcome.

"All my friends in Dortmund want to play us – but only in Basel," he told BT Sport. "They won at Tottenham, not too bad.

"When you saw all the results there are only good teams in the race. It's cool, last eight – perfect," he added.

The Europa League Last Eight draw is set to take place on Friday afternoon.