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Jurgen Klopp explains why he joined Liverpool and turned down Man Utd approach


Jurgen Klopp says timing was everything when it came to him turning down Man Utd, while he admitted his move to Liverpool just “felt right”.

The eccentric German was offered the chance to step into the hot seat at Old Trafford some time before their rivals came calling.

But Klopp had no interest in jumping ship from his then-employers Borussia Dortmund, as United eventually appointed Louis van Gaal.

By the time Liverpool were seeking out Brendan Rodgers’ successor, Klopp was a free agent, and he was drawn in by the close comparisons with his former club.

“It was never a conscious thing that I thought they were struggling so let me go there [Liverpool],” Klopp said during a ‘talk with legends’ charity event. “For me, it felt like it was meant to be with Dortmund when they showed interest.



Jurgen Klopp rejected United's approach as he was still under contract at Dortmund
Jurgen Klopp rejected United’s approach as he was still under contract at Dortmund

“I knew before that they weren’t doing too well in that moment, but for me, it was the club, the stadium, the Yellow Wall – things I liked a lot. Liverpool were pretty similar.

“The Man United story, people have spoken about it, but the timing was not right. I had a three-year contract still at Dortmund, I’m not the guy to leave them.

“But Liverpool was a completely different situation, it felt right in that moment at the first second, that’s what I think.”



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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Klopp had initially planned on taking a year out when he stepped down from his Dortmund post after seven seasons in charge, but the lure of the project at Liverpool proved too big to resist.

His first impressions immediately set the tone, as he claimed he had arrived at Anfield to “turn doubters into believers” and sure enough made good on his promise to win the Premier League title.

In doing so he ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait to be crowned champions, becoming the first manager since Kenny Dalglish to lead the Reds to domestic glory.

And Dalglish has hailed the impact of Klopp on the club, as he revealed his excitement when first hearing he was next in line for the role.

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Klopp ended Liverpool's 30-year wait for a domestic title
Klopp ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a domestic title

“We came lucky when Jurgen was appointed. I was going up to Glasgow, and someone said, ‘how do you feel about the appointment?’ and I said, ‘absolutely fantastic’,” Dalglish said at the same event.

“‘We need to get ourselves buckled in, seatbelts fastened, because we are going on a roller coaster.’

“Everybody loves a roller coaster, don’t they? It’s been fantastic.

“Whatever he feels he’s done, you can multiply that a few times, but the gratitude and appreciation from the fans for the work he’s done, and for everyone else that has been working with him.”





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