Jurgen Klopp explains why he turned down Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed he turned down the chance to manage Manchester United during his time at Borussia Dortmund because he didn’t appreciate the way they understood football.

The German joined the club back in October 2015 following a pitiful start to the season under Brendan Rodgers and has gone on win precisely nothing.

His coaching mentor, Eckhard Krautzun, recently revealed that the German’s first choice option in England would have been Man United.

But Klopp, speaking to guests at a charity event in Cape Town, was quick to outline a very different series of events in the lead-up to his move to England.

“Why Liverpool? I had an offer of another historical English club two years ago, but I never felt comfortable with how they understood football,” he said.

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

The German can be rightly regarded as the most notable populist football manager in the game at this moment in time. That he was speaking at an event, probably to a room of drunk people of which he was indeed probably one, says plenty about his pandering personality.

You can be sure he received rapturous acclaim for saying something that, whilst sounding good, most likely wasn’t actually the case.

Few managers possess a greater capacity to please people, to make the right noises, to show plenty of passion and align with what supporters want to see whilst simultaneously failing to scratch the surface of what the club needs.

After all, during a period hallmarked by the club’s biggest trophy drought in their modern history, what better manager to have than somebody who has lost his last five cup finals?


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