Jurgen Klopp has admitted he turned down the chance to manage “another historical English club” before he took on the role as Liverpool manager.
The popular German has been in the Anfield hotseat for just over two years now after making his name in the Bundesliga with first Mainz, and then Borussia Dortmund.
But according to Klopp, he could have arrived in English football earlier in 2015, but rejected the advances of the unnamed club as the “job did not feel right”.
Around that time, Manchester United were stagnating under Louis van Gaal while Chelsea were preparing to part with Jose Mourinho.
Whichever of the two were keen, neither of course managed to get the deal done and it was left to Liverpool to swoop in and appoint him as Brendan Rodgers’ successor.
Klopp, speaking to guests as a charity event in Cape Town and via Soccer Laduma, said: “Why Liverpool? I had an offer of another historical English club two years ago, but I never felt comfortable with how they understood football.
“It didn’t feel right. When Liverpool called, I can’t explain it. It was right.”
If it was indeed United who missed out on the German, that would come as something of a surprise given Klopp’s predecessor at Mainz, Eckhard Krautzun, revealing last month that Old Trafford had always been his favoured destination in England.
“I’m not surprised he does so well,” the former Mainz coach told The Set Pieces.
“It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.”
Krautzun then recalled a conversation he had with almost-Tottenham manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 76-year-old added: “I said, ‘Jurgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United.’”
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