Klopp wanted to manage United

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was keen to become Manchester United boss.


That’s according to former Mainz manager, and Klopp’s mentor, Eckhard Krautzun – who oversaw Klopp’s transition from a player into management at the German club.

Krautzun was speaking to The Set Pieces when he revealed his claim that Klopp had identified Old Trafford as the place he wanted to experience management in the Premier League.

“It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be United. That’s what he said.” he said.

“I said, ‘Jürgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United.’” he continued.

Krautzun went on to claim that United legend Alex Ferguson had been very impressed by what he had seen from Klopp’s Dortmund side during the 2011/12 season, during which they won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.

“I think that’s where his love or respect for Jürgen Klopp grew tremendously.” he added.


Klopp has revealed that discussions have previously taken place about him taking over the reigns at United, but he remained loyal to Dortmund as he did not feel it was the right time to make the switch to England.

“We spoke. We spoke not a lot but, for me, it was a lot. It was a big honour, the whole talk, to be honest.” he said.

“There was a time but I could not leave Dortmund. That is it. You are in April and you are in the middle of the planning for next season.

“You have this player and this player and this player who is coming in but then you are not there any more? That doesn’t work. Not in my life anyway.

“I did not hear about a real offer but, if there was, I could not have done it. I first had to finish the job with Dortmund and then think about other things. Maybe that is not the smart way but that is my way.

“Of course I was loyal to Dortmund.” he finished.

Liverpool fans will be hoping he shows the same loyalty to the club if he is approached by other European giants.


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