Did Klopp snub chance to manage Man Utd?

first_imgJürgen Klopp Did Klopp snub Man Utd? German admits to turning down ‘historical’ post before joining Liverpool Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:53 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United Premier League Prior to taking the reins at Anfield, the highly-rated coach concedes that he knocked back an approach from another leading Premier League team Jurgen Klopp hs revealed that he turned down a “historical English club” before joining Liverpool because the job “didn’t feel right”.Having enhanced his reputation during a productive spell at Borussia Dortmund, the German coach was a man in demand back in 2015.Liverpool 11/10 for top four finish Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Around that time, Manchester United were stagnating under Louis van Gaal while Chelsea were preparing to part with Jose Mourinho.Both clubs would have been expected to express an interest in Klopp, having seen him walk away from his role in Dortmund, but neither got a deal done as Liverpool swept in to make a high-profile appointment as successor to Brendan Rodgers.“Why Liverpool? I had an offer of another historical English club two years ago, but I never felt comfortable with how they understood football,” Klopp told a live audience at a football charity event in Hout Bay, Cape Town.“It didn’t feel right. When Liverpool called, I can’t explain it. It was right.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool turned down rivalIf he did turn down United, then that decision will have come as a surprise to many, with Klopp’s predecessor at Mainz, Eckhard Krautzun, having revealed that Old Trafford had always been his favoured destination in England.He told The Set Pieces on Klopp: “When it comes to his favourite club, however, Liverpool weren’t always number one.“It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.”Having opted to head for Merseyside over Manchester or London, Klopp is now charged with the task of returning former glories to Liverpool.He has experienced mixed fortunes after taking on that challenge, with the Reds still waiting on a first piece of silverware since 2012.Klopp is, however, convinced that he will deliver success, with his sights still set on the Premier League title.He added while in South Africa: “We have to improve, 100%. But we will.“We are fine and the owners are happy. Liverpool is a fantastic club, and my aim is to win the Premier League with it.”Liverpool sit fifth in the English top-flight at present, 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more