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15th Jan 2018

Jurgen Klopp reveals why he chose to join Liverpool over Manchester United

United were after him for 18 months

Darragh Murphy

How different it could have been.

Jurgen Klopp had the chance to become Manchester United manager, which comes as no surprise as that rumour had been doing the rounds for years.

But the German has now explained what persuaded him to move to Liverpool instead of United in 2015, after spending seven years in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

“Yes there was interest – Manchester United, yes they were interested a year or a year-and-a-half before, but it didn’t feel right,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “I couldn’t say Man United is not my club, it didn’t feel right.

“When Liverpool called, I had no chance. It was actually too early for my plans. I said, ‘Wow, come on!’ But then coming here and feeling the spirit immediately, it was just, for me, a match in heaven.”

Klopp signed a three-year deal with the Reds in 2015, before extending his contract to 2022 a year later.

He remains a firm fan favourite at Anfield, with Sunday’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Manchester City further endearing himself to Liverpool supporters.

And, for Klopp, it was only ever going to be one club.

“I’m a football romantic,” Klopp added. “I’m confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call. A lot of clubs called and I said ‘No, no chance, I need to make a break now’. Even my wife knew, if Liverpool is calling, I go.”