Jurgen Klopp has joked that he’d consider signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer if the Swede hadn’t once been a Manchester United star.
The last player to represent both was Michael Owen, who is now rejected by Liverpool fans pretty much as a direct result of his stint at Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic, the 38-year-old who can rightly claim to be one of the best footballers of the past two decades, has recently left LA Galaxy and is available for any club worldwide to sign on a free.
“If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him,” Klopp told Sportbladet via the Echo, before suggesting the amount of running required to play up top for his side would maybe be a little too much.
“No, but I’m not even sure he wanted to play here. We’re a pretty intense team,” Klopp joked…
“With that said, I couldn’t have had more respect for Zlatan. I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence.
“While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway. He’s a fantastic character and I really hope he doesn’t stop playing football. The world will miss him too much.”
Klopp’s comments are obviously tongue in cheek, as an ego like Zlatan would do nothing to benefit our harmonised, humble squad.
He’s a mindbogglingly good footballer, of course, and even proved that in the Premier League when way past his best.
His greatest ever goals are simply jaw-dropping, but he won’t be adding to that collection while wearing Liverpool’s Red!