Jurgen Klopp has explained why he turned down Manchester United manager’s job in 2014

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he turned down Manchester United in 2014 and explained why he let the opportunity to manage the great club pass him by.

Now, of course, Klopp is the manager of United's arch-rivals Liverpool while boasting Jose Mourinho for themselves.

It's a far cry from the summer of 2014 when both clubs were in very different situations.

Liverpool had little interest in approaching any managers after their sensational 13/14 season under Brendan Rodgers. The now-Celtic manager's Luis Suarez-inspired side narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, but their performance over the season saw Rodgers handed a long-term contract at the club.

United, on the other hand, were very much on the hunt for something new.

David Moyes, or "the chosen one" as he had been known a year before, had been sacked as manager after a massively disappointing attempt at retaining the league title that Sir Alex Ferguson had won in his final season.

They wanted a big name coach to really shake things up, and according to Klopp, approached the then-Borussia Dortmund boss.

Klopp wasn't interested, however.

Speaking with former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson for Sky Sports, Klopp explained that it was always going to take something specific to lure him.

When asked if he felt he was 'meant for Liverpool', Klopp said, "To be honest? Yes. I'm a football romantic.

"I'm confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call. A lot of clubs called and I said 'No, no chance, I need to make a break now'.

"Even my wife knew, if Liverpool is calling, I go."

United were apparently one of those clubs, seemingly approaching the German in 2014.

"Yes there was interest," he continued.

"Manchester United, yes they were interested a year or a year-and-a-half before, but it didn't feel right. I couldn't say Man United is not my club, it didn't feel right."

Few managers would turn down the opportunity to coach United, but Klopp's rejection forced United to look elsewhere. That would turn out to be Louis van Gaal, a manager with very different ideas than Klopp.

Things have changed since then, with Rodgers unable to replicate his 2014 season and facing the sack in late 2015. Klopp, then on a sabbatical, got that call from Liverpool.

"When Liverpool called, I had no chance," he explained. "It was actually too early for my plans.

"I said, 'Wow, come on!' But then coming here and feeling the spirit immediately, it was just, for me, a match in heaven."

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