Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that he tried to lure Jurgen Kloop back to the Signal Iduna Park after he guided Liverpool to Champions League glory last season. The Merseysiders won their sidth European title under Klopp’s tutelage and are currently on course to winning the Premier League title with a massive lead of 8 points over the top of the table.
Prior to his stint with Liverpool that began in 2015, Klopp guided Borussia Dortmund to the league title twice and runners up finish in the Champions League 2012-13 season.
Revealing about his attempts to re-sign Klopp in his book REAL LOVE, A Life with BVB, Watzke wrote:
“I knew that Jurgen would [decline], that he will fulfil his contract in Liverpool.”
“Jurgen has always fulfilled his contracts, but if you want to go new ways and we had to break new ground at BVB, then at least I had to ask Jurgen if he could possibly imagine that.”
“I did not expect that at all, but I would not have forgiven myself for not asking him at that moment.”
Watzke attributed the reason for Klopp’s lasting success to his honesty.
“The most important thing in our relationship was and is that we can rely on each other blindly,” he added.
“Jurgen never lied to me. He is always honest, even in the job. And I never lied to him.”
“Even in the most difficult phase, in the season of separation, when we crashed to the last place sometime shortly before the separation in the Bundesliga, that was the case.”