According to The Set Pieces, Klopp’s former manager at Mainz revealed that the German dreamt of moving to Old Trafford before joining Liverpool in 2015 after completing a seven-year spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Krautzun said: “It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.”
Krautzun had also discussed with former United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, about the possibility of Klopp becoming United manager. The Scottish manager was present in the 2012 German Cup final, in which Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund triumphed over Bayern Munich.
“I said (to Ferguson) ‘Jurgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United’,” he added. “I think that’s where his love or respect for Jürgen Klopp grew tremendously.”
The former FC Kaiserslautern man stated that Klopp would have moved to Old Trafford if the job had been available after he left Dortmund in 2015. However, Krautzun specified that the former Dortmund manager made the correct decision in joining Liverpool.
“After three or four months not working, I knew that he wanted to be in action again…when the offer came from Liverpool [that October], I knew he would not hesitate because he wanted to get into a top club in England,” he added.
“The emotions in the stadium in Liverpool and the enthusiasm of the fans, the temperament there – that fits Klopp. I was not surprised that the spectators liked him right away. His emotions, the way he coaches the team, the way he jumps around, the way he shows his desire to win, that fits the club.
“The fans are little more different to Man U. Man U is more quiet, the fans love their team too but there is more emotion and more passion I think in Liverpool. And Klopp I think is a passionate, very temperamental man. That club fits him.”
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