Aubameyang: Klopp made me

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he owes Jurgen Klopp a lot as he prepares to face Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gabon international has enjoyed another prolific season at Signal Iduna Park, scoring 23 goals already this season.

Klopp will make his first return to Dortmund on Thursday as Liverpool manager in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

And Aubameyang has revealed he is looking forward to facing his former coach, expressing his gratitude to the German.

“It is great for us to have this game,” he told reporters. “We can show Klopp we have worked hard to get back to where we were and that we have progression.

“It will be a very difficult game, for sure, but we want to show Klopp that we are working very hard.

“I owe him a lot. It was great to work with him and he taught me many things. If I play like this as a striker now, it is because of him.”

Aubameyang has followed in the footsteps of Robert Lewandowski at Dortmund and says he is still hoping to pip his former team-mate, and his Bayern Munich side, to the Bundesliga title.

“Of course it is very hard to follow Lewandowski. But it is a very good target to have and I am really happy to have scored again,” he added.

“I know that this competition has not finished. The battle will be on until the end and we will see who will be the champion!”

Dortmund warmed up for Thursday’s clash with a 3-2 victory over Bremen in a thrilling game which Aubameyang felt was vital for his side to win.

“It was very important for us,” he said. “It was a difficult game, especially in the second half; they scored two times and I think that was a bit of a surprise.

“But, after that, we did very well. We won this game, which we needed to do, and it is really great that we are back in the Champions League.”

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