Klopp turned down PL club before joining Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 9th November 2017 9:12

Jurgen Klopp claims that he rejected the opportunity to manage another “historical” Premier League club before he eventually joined Liverpool.

The German replaced Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 as the new Reds boss and quickly became a firm fans favourite.

Things haven’t been quite as rosy this season with some of his side’s defending leaving a lot to be desired, especially during their heavy 4-1 defeat to Tottenham.

Klopp is in South Africa during the international break and took time out to conduct a Q&A session for some local supporters on Wednesday.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, he said: “I had an offer of another historical English club two years ago, but I never felt comfortable with how they understood football. It didn’t feel right.

“When Liverpool called, I can’t explain it. It was right.”

Klopp believes that the Reds still have a chance of winning the Premier League title but admits success in Europe will be a tall order.

“There are two teams that are owned by a country in Europe, so it makes it difficult to win the Champions League,” Klopp added. “But in England, we can win the Premier League, but we need a bit of luck.”

Former club Borussia Dortmund lost to Bayern Munich in the 2003 Champions League final with Klopp at the helm and the 50-year-old admits that is the only loss to still bother him.

“There is only one defeat that I have struggled to get rid of, the Champions League final with Dortmund,” Klopp continued.

“The Champions League final is the only game I would like to play again. But I don’t live in the past. My aim is to collect the moments and sit there with a smile on my face when I’m old.”

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