Henrikh Mkhitaryan has publicly confirmed that he rejected a move to Liverpool.
That Liverpool badly wanted to sign Mkhitaryan is no secret, as the Armenian was repeatedly linked to the Merseyside club during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure as the Reds’ manager.
The former Dortmund star has now confirmed the rumours, revealing what actually transpired to the Daily Mail.
“I spoke two or three times on the phone to Brendan Rodgers, he was saying he really wanted me. Half of me thought I had to go there, the other half was not so confident,” Mkhitaryan said.
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The 27-year-old further went on to explain why he chose to join the current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund instead.
“Two weeks later, Jurgen Klopp broke off his holiday to come and see me in Dortmund, and after we met, I felt more comfortable to sign for Dortmund. I think I made the right decision.”
Jurgen Klopp has often been hailed as the right manager if young players want to develop. It is no secret that Mario Gomez and a host of players had thrived under Klopp’s encouragement. Mkhitaryan was touted as a rising star while he was at Shakhtar Donetsk, and when given the choice of Rodgers or Jurgen Klopp, he picked the German, who clearly put in more efforts to sign him.
This going the extra mile surely made Micki feel wanted. Had Rodgers flown out to convince Mkhitaryan to sign for the Reds, then the Armenian might be playing for Liverpool right now, and not their arch-rivals Manchester United.