Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool “might have considered” signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January if he hadn’t already played for Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic, 38, is coming to the end of a two-year spell in Los Angeles after the Swedish forward announced his departure from the Major League Soccer club via social media on Wednesday.
It means the former United striker, was has been tentatively linked with an Old Trafford return, will be a free agent and up for grabs in January.
AC Milan are reportedly keen to re-sign the striker who scored 56 goals in 85 appearances at the San Siro between 2010 and 2012, while a recent post from Ibrahimovic claiming he was heading back to Spain.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Klopp has said even he could have been in for Ibrahimovic if he hadn’t already played for their arch-rivals Man Utd.
“If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him,” Klopp told Sportbladet.
“No, but I’m not even sure he wanted to play here. We’re a pretty intense team,” Klopp laughed.
“With that said, I couldn’t have had more respect for Zlatan. I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence.
“While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway. He’s a fantastic character and I really hope he doesn’t stop playing football. The world will miss him too much.”