Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he was one of the first choices for Manchester United to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has revealed that Ferguson took special interest in talking withKlopp about the possibility of taking over at United in 2013. SinceKlopp turned down the job quite quickly, United turned their attention towards other alternatives. In the end, David Moyes was appointed as the replacement for Ferguson and this move proved disastrous for all parties concerned. Moyes was sacked after less than 12 months in charge of the job.
Klopp was one of the sought-after manager in 2013 after having lead Borussia Dortmund to a Champions League final. Few would have imagined that such an achievement was possible in this day and age given the vast differences in finances between a club like Dortmund and the top guns like Barcelona and Real Madrid. However,Klopp build a team on shoestring budget and his teams also played attractive football. It is believed that these qualities were enough to convince Ferguson thatKlopp was right choice.Klopp, though, revealed that he had to turn down the offer because he was committed with Dortmund.
Klopp finally left the German club after failing to hit the former height. “We spoke. We spoke not a lot but, for me, it was a lot.It was a big honour, the whole talk, to be honest. But I could not leave Dortmund.You are in April and you are in the middle of the planning for next season. You have this player and this player who are coming but then you are not there anymore? That doesn’t work. Not in my life. I didn’t hear about a real offer [from United] but, if there was, I could not have done it,” said Klopp.