Jurgen Klopp wanted to manage Manchester United at the start of his coaching career.
Klopp will guide his Liverpool side out against Jose Mourinho’s United on Saturday, hoping to extend his 12-8 lead over the Portuguese.
The German has been Reds manager since October 2015 after enjoying lengthy spells with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
His mentor at the former club, Eckhard Krautzun, says his “dream” was always to manage in the Premier League – but his ideal club was once United.
“I’m not surprised he does so well,” the former Mainz coach told The Set Pieces.
“It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.”
Krautzun then recalled a conversation he had with almost-Tottenham manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 76-year-old added: “I said, ‘Jürgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United.'”