Jurgen Klopp rejected the chance to become Manchester United manager as the Red Devils were seeking a replacement for David Moyes back in 2014, according to Robbie Fowler.
Klopp took charge at Anfield in October 2015, recently celebrating four years in charge at Anfield, and it’s safe to say his appointment has been a huge success after winning the Champions League back in June and starting this season with an eight-match winning streak as they look to claim a first domestic league title in 30 years.
However, his path could have taken a different route had he accepted the United vacancy back in 2014 as the Red Devils sought a replacement for the axed Moyes and before they eventually plumped for Louis van Gaal.
However, Fowler claims Klopp rejected United because he “could not get behind” the vision that their owners, the Glazer family, had for the club, with the former Liverpool striker claiming the German “hated their obsession” with the commercial side of football.
He wrote in the Mirror: ‘I did an interview with Klopp a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after (Borussia) Dortmund – one of them was definitely Manchester United, the other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focused solely on commercial influences.
“He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the history and identity of the club and their fans.”
The two famous clubs of English football meet for the first time this season after the international break, with Liverpool looking for a ninth straight win to start the season and United looking for a morale-boosting result to ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.