Jurgen Klopp.

Two Premier League stars reveal they rejected Liverpool in favour of rivals in 2016

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In his first full season at Liverpool in the 2016/2017 season, Klopp clearly had mixed success in the transfer market.

The German managed to bring in Sadio Mane for £30 million from Southampton, which looks like an inspired signing, and he also managed to secure the services of Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum.

He also managed to buy Lloris Karius and Ragnar Klaven for moderate fees, both of which have proven to be decent back-ups given their lowly price-tags.

But, having spent £61 million and having sold 16 players worth £76 million players that season, it is clear that Klopp did not manage to bring some of his top transfer targets to the club.

And now two Premier League stars have revealed they turned down Liverpool in 2016 in favour of their rivals.


Leroy Sane's performances at Schalke 04 drew a lot of interest from top clubs around Europe, but Manchester City eventually won the race for his signature after completing a deal potentially worth £46.5 million.

And Sane revealed he turned down Klopp twice: once at Dortmund, and once at Liverpool in the summer of 2016 - where he decided to join Man City instead.

The 22-year-old told the Sun: "Before I joined City, I was talking with them. Jurgen was calling me. He did a good job at Dortmund. I met him when he was there.

"He’s a good guy, a nice guy — honest. And he works well with Liverpool.


"There was a time, when he was at Dortmund, when I was still in the academy that I could have gone there from Schalke. But there was no thoughts at all to move to a rival.

"There are no regrets at all about the decisions I made."


And Ilkay Gundogan, who worked with Klopp whilst the two were at Dortmund, also revealed that he rejected Liverpool in favour of joining Man City that same summer.

Before making his decision to join Man City, Gundogan said: "I spoke with Jurgen about different things. He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he didn't try.


"But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.

"When I was a little bit down because of my injury, he was quite sure he was still going to try to buy me.

"That showed me it could never be the wrong decision to join this club. They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. I've been lucky."

Klopp has had some success whilst at Liverpool since joining, but it would have been even better had he beaten Man City to the signing of both Sane and Gundogan.

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