On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp will get his first taste of the special Anfield atmosphere that’s reserved for the visits of Manchester United. But it won’t be his first time up against a Louis van Gaal side. Adam Bate examines their rivalry and what it could mean for the weekend…
They’ve each had their moments. For Van Gaal, there was the thrill of going to Dortmund and winning 5-1 with Bayern Munich; a demolition that turned his team’s season around and would eventually take them to within one game of a treble.
For Klopp, the key moment came the following season when Dortmund blitzed Bayern in their own backyard. It was described by Munich-based journalist Christian Eichler as “a masterpiece”, and one that confirmed Dortmund’s rise. They went on to win the double. Van Gaal was gone within weeks.
Here’s the tale of their four previous matches against each other…
Dortmund 1 Bayern 5 – Sep 12 2009
“We have to work hard in midfield and not allow them too much space,” said Klopp beforehand, but while Mats Hummels opened the scoring, goals from Mario Gomez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ribery and a Thomas Muller brace ensured an emphatic win for the visitors.
The goal by Ribery was particularly significant as the Frenchman pointedly sprinted to celebrate with Van Gaal, ending speculation about a rift between the two men. “I am always pleased when a player wants to celebrate his goal with me,” said Van Gaal. “Franck has shown that he loves his coach.”
Bayern 3 Dortmund 1 – Feb 13 2010
Dortmund competed for much of the match in Munich but the game ended in defeat for the visitors – a tenth in a row for Klopp against Bayern. Mohamed Zidan gave Dortmund the lead but goals from Marc van Bommel, Arjen Robben and Gomez took the game away from them.