Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler revealed why Jurgen Klopp chose the Reds over Manchester United in 2015.
Fowler spoke with the Liverpool manager and came to know that United’s corporate image had put him off. Klopp had left Borussia Dortmund to join Liverpool in October 2015.
Fowler wrote, “I did an interview with him [Klopp] a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after Dortmund – one of them was definitely Manchester United, the other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focussed solely on commercial influences.
“He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the history and the identity of the club and their fans.”
The Red Devils were searching for a successor for David Moyes in 2014 and had contacted Klopp but the initial meeting never went to play.
Later Sir Alex Ferguson revealed, “I asked Pep [Guardiola] to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn’t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013.
“When we started the process of looking for my replacement, we established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable. It became apparent that Jose Mourinho had given his word to Roman Abramovich that he would return to Chelsea and that Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him at Real Madrid.
“We also knew that Jürgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract. Meantime, Louis Van Gaal had undertaken to lead the Dutch attempt to win the 2014 World Cup.”