Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he didn’t attempt to sign Henrik Mkhitaryan, who signed for bitter rivals Manchester United this summer.
Mkhitaryan had only one year remaining on his Dortmund contract, and refused to sign fresh terms, leaving the club with no other option but to sell him rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the upcoming season.
Despite the Armenian’s availability in the window, Klopp revealed that he had no intention to rival United for the 27-year-old’s signature.
Klopp had bought Mkhitaryan from Shaktar Donetsk for around £24 million back in 2013, while he was in charge of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. Despite this, the German says he saw no reason to jump in and hinder the player’s move to Old Trafford.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Klopp said: “I had that player. If you have had players, you know more about them. You want to learn about other players. That’s how it is.
“I knew quite early that he was going this way (to United). There was absolutely no reason for me to jump in there. That isn’t how we work.
“We didn’t look for players we had already worked with. If you do that, you know their good, their bad and you wonder whether you will do it again. It’s not boring, but you know everything about each other so how can you develop? Where is the next step? Where is the next push for development?
“We could have gone for a lot of players. But, first of all, you have to think: what do I need?”
Mkhitaryan had a fantastic season on a personal level last year, scoring 23 goals and assisting an incredible 32 goals in 50 appearances. Only time will tell if Klopp will go on to rue his decision.