Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke says he thought Jurgen Klopp would need more time to impose his style at Liverpool.
Klopp has hit the ground running at Anfield – guiding the club to 11 points from a possible 18. The Reds have also moved into the Europa League knockout stage and moved into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals, where they face Southampton on Wednesday night at St Mary’s.
“I am very happy for Jurgen that things are running that well after such a short space of time,” Watzke told Die Welt.
“I did not expect that. I thought he’d need more time with the team given the style of his football.”
Watzke also reinforced what Klopp’s claims over the weekend that there was no clause in his Liverpool contract blocking him from returning to Dortmund to sign their players.
“One thing is clear, we at BVB have a very good relationship with Jurgen.
“I think there would be no conflict were there to be interest in one of our players at some point. He would contact us before (he contacts the player),” added 59-year-old Watzke.