Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he rejected a move to Liverpool.
City signed the Germany international from Borussia Dortmund, where Gundogan played under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp before making his way to England in the Summer of 2016.
And he has said that the chance to play for Spanish manager Pep Guardiola at The Etihad was too good a chance to turn down – even if it meant rejecting a reunion with Klopp.
“I spoke with Jurgen about different things.” he told the Daily Mail.
“He always liked me as player and I would be a liar if I said he didn’t try.
“But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.
“When I was a little bit down because of my injury, he was quite sure he was still going to try to buy me.
“That showed me it could never be the wrong decision to join this club.
“They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. I’ve been lucky.” he finished.
Liverpool fans will be disappointed to hear that Gundogan could have been a part of Klopp’s Anfield squad – but will be hoping that he goes away empty handed on Sunday afternoon as the two sides meet.