Manchester United summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has waxed lyrical about Jurgen Klopp, the manager who first took him to Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
Back then, Klopp beat Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to his signature and the Armenian went on to become one of the best players in the Bundesliga – winning the Player of the Year award last term following an outrageous campaign in which he broke double figures for goals and assists.
For this reason, we were quite worried when Manchester United snapped him up, but Bizarrely, the attacker has been criminally underused by Jose Mourinho.
Despite being available throughout the campaign, he’s been given one Premier League start and zero in Europe – almost offensive for a 27-year-old at the peak of his powers.
“Jurgen Klopp, he trusted me and gave the chance to play in his team, he made me one of his key men and he worked a lot on my psychological part,” Mkhitaryan told the FFA’s official website.
“Thomas Tuchel, he opened all the abilities in me, he gave me full confidence and things were flowing naturally, it was a feeling like I was ‘flying in the air’ – so free I was in my movements.”
On Mourinho, he was a little more… blunt!
“Regarding Jose Mourinho… I hope I can learn a lot from him as well. He is a coach with a fantastic record.”
Liverpool need a right-winger in January to cover us when Sadio Mane is at the AFCON, and Mkhitaryan would perfectly fit the bill! Once a player joins United though the chances of them signing for us become very, very slim; especially as Mourinho would be loathe to see Klopp get the best of a player when he couldn’t.
(Transfer fee courtesy of Sky Sports)