Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has revealed that Jurgen Klopp turned down Manchester United (and probably Real Madrid) before taking up the position of manager with the Reds.
As per the Metro, the German boss was offered the position at Old Trafford before Louis van Gaal, but turned down the chance to manage our bitter rivals.
Fowler claims that the way United were focused is the main reason why he didn’t really consider the job – and he’s talking about their commercial side of things.
United are a big business, and they generate a lot of income, but Klopp seemingly felt as if this was made too much of a priority.
‘I did an interview with [Klopp] a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after (Borussia) Dortmund – one of them was definitely Manchester United,” Fowler told the Mirror.
“The other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focused solely on commercial influences.
“He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the history and identity of the club and their fans.”
To be honest, the more I hear about Klopp the more happy I am that he’s our manager. Seriously – all these little drips of information help paint a picture of a man.
And that man is the sort of character that should be in charge of a club like Liverpool. We’ve risen to glory in recent years, in no small part thanks to Klopp, and I couldn’t be happier.
He didn’t come in and sign luxury players that would please supporters – he signed players we needed, and he helped finance the deals by selling players like Phil Coutinho.
The man was made for Liverpool.