Jurgen Klopp was approached by various clubs before he accepted the Liverpool job earlier this week - but Anfield officials only contacted the charismatic German coach after sacking Brendan Rodgers last weekend.
This is according to Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke, who has revealed that Liverpool did not make contact with his client prior to terminating Rodgers’ contract following the 1-1 draw with local rivals Everton at Goodison Park.
"The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers", Kosicke told Bild, according to Goal. "Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further."
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It was rumoured that Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, had contacted both Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti before deciding to sack Rodgers.
Ancelotti, it transpired, was not interested in returning to management until next summer, but Liverpool fans were ecstatic by the club’s successful pursuit of former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp.
Crumb of comfort for Brendan Rodgers
Kosicke’s comments should be of some comfort to Rodgers, who will now be aware that FSG did the honourable thing by dismissing him first before contacting his eventual successor.
The Northern Irish coach was bitterly disappointed that his Liverpool tenure was cut short just eight games into the new Premier League season, but FSG feared the situation was unlikely to improve at Anfield without a change in management.
Feel-good factor has returned
The feel-good factor has already returned to Liverpool following Klopp’s arrival - fans have fallen in love with the 48-year-old after his first press conference on Friday - and no doubt the players will be looking forward to their first training session with the German coach after the international break.
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