Thursday, 10 October 2019

Klopp reveals how Dortmund asked him to return in 2018

Having left the Bundesliga giants in 2015, a man now in charge of Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool has been discussing the past and future

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Borussia Dortmund CEO Joachim Watzke tried to lure him back to Germany in the summer of 2018.

The Bundesliga giants were in the market for a new coach after seeing Peter Bosz and Peter Stoger fail to convince in the 2017-18 campaign.

Watzke decided to reach out to Klopp despite being fully aware that he was tied to a long-term contract at Anfield.



The approach came as something of a surprise to a man who had previously enjoyed seven memorable years with Dortmund – a spell which included two title triumphs.

In a new biography about Watzke called ‘Real Love: A life with BVB’, Klopp says of a call he took in May 2018: “At some point my phone rang while I was on the plane and Aki was on it: 'Jurgen, you have to come back'. I laughed, I thought he was kidding.

“'Are you stupid, have you been drinking? How do you get that idea, I have a few more years in Liverpool'.

“I do not know how serious he was at that moment, but I realised that he wanted me to be more willing to respond.”





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