Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed how his former boss and current Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, ‘helped him become a better player’.
Mkhitaryan worked with the German manager when he moved to Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2013 for £25.5m. The 28-year-old had scored 41 goals in 140 appearances for the Ukrainian club before he traded them for the Bundesliga giants, where he enjoyed an amazing three-year spell, scoring 23 goals in 73 matches under Klopp’s management.
The Armenian playmaker’s scintillating performances helped him secure a move to Old Trafford last summer, but the ace midfielder believes that his clinical and developed style of play was the result of his former boss’ guidance.
While talking to German magazine 11 Freunde ahead of United’s clash against Liverpool, Mkhitaryan expressed his gratitude towards the Reds’ boss, as he said: “I had chosen Dortmund because I liked the way they play there. The players also liked me – and then there was the great coach, Jurgen Klopp.
“After I had talked to him, the decision had been made for me. I only wanted to go to Dortmund. When I came to Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp told me that I had to let go, and that it’s not good to think about football all the time. I started to understand what he meant, and so slowly, this part of me has changed.
“I am thankful to Klopp. He worked on my personality and the psychological part. Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a better player.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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