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Jurgen Klopp turned down ‘historical’ Premier League club before joining Liverpool 

The German coach admits he knocked back an approach from another top Premier League team

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he turned down the chance to join a leading Premier League club before taking over at Liverpool. 

The former Borussia Dortmund coach joined the Reds in 2015, having been consistently linked with a number of top jobs in the Premier League and elsewhere prior to his move to Anfield.


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And speaking at a recent charity event in Cape Town, the German coach discussed the finer-details behind his move to England.

He said: “Why Liverpool? I had an offer of another historical English club two years ago, but I never felt comfortable with how they understood football.

“It didn’t feel right. When Liverpool called, I can’t explain it. It was right.”

Klopp joined the Reds in October 2015

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Klopp joined the Reds in October 2015

The enigmatic coach was considered one of the most sought-after managers in the world in 2015, following his seven-year stint with Dortmund.

Klopp lead the club to two Bundesliga titles and even the 2013 Champions League final before leaving to take a brief sabbatical.

The German is responsible for BVB’s recent rise in the Bundesliga

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The German is responsible for BVB’s recent rise in the Bundesliga

So who was the club that tried and failed to woo the German?

Cast your mind back to that season, and you’ll remember that quite a few ‘top’ Premier League sides were struggling.

Liverpool, of course, were sinking without a trace under Brendan Rodgers – having sold Luis Suarez two years prior, while reigning-champions Chelsea were experiencing a peculiar slump under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United, too, were stagnating under Louis van Gaal.

No wonder Leicester went onto win the title, eh?

Mourinho suffered an awful season at Chelsea following his title-winning campaign

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Mourinho suffered an awful season at Chelsea following his title-winning campaign

Both Chelsea and United had expressed interest in Klopp that season, having seen him walk away from his role at Dortmund in the off-season.

But it looks like they were both a little too late to the post.

Did United want Klopp to replace LVG?

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Did United want Klopp to replace LVG?

But was it a good move?

The Reds currently sit fifth in the top-flight, 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

They did, however, qualify for the Champions League last season, and currently top Group E after four games.

He added while in South Africa: “We have to improve, 100%. But we will.

“We are fine and the owners are happy. Liverpool is a fantastic club, and my aim is to win the Premier League with it.”