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    KLOPP WAS WANTED BY BOTH MANCHESTER
    CLUBS AND TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR



    Come to Manchester United, we are an adult Disneyworld! Red Devils' bizarre pitch to
    Jurgen Klopp - weeks BEFORE the club sacked David Moyes







    Jurgen Klopp was wanted by both Manchester clubs and Tottenham Hotspur

    United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward flew out to see Klopp

    Woodward told Klopp the United was 'like an adult version of Disneyland'




    By Raphael Honigstein For The Mail On Sunday






    A new biography of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called Bring the Noise reveals fascinating new details of how the Borussia Dortmund boss was wanted by both Manchester clubs and Tottenham Hotspur.





    On April 11, 2014 at 10pm, Jurgen Klopp met Hans-Joachim Watzke for a drink at Munich's Park Hilton Hotel and told him that he had made up his mind. He was staying put.

    Earlier that day, before the team's departure for an away game at Bayern's Allianz Arena, the Borussia Dortmund coach had still been undecided. He'd received a tempting, hugely lucrative offer from the North-West of England, a chance to take over and revolutionise one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    'We first met in my kitchen,' says Dortmund's CEO. 'It was an interesting talk. I think it made a difference because he said to me on the plane that we needed to talk again in the evening.

    'I was due to have dinner with my daughter, who lived in Munich, so I could only see him at 10pm. He straightaway said: 'I can't deal with this pressure any more. I've turned them down.'

    Not long before, Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward had flown out to see Klopp in Germany. David Moyes's short tenure at Old Trafford was coming to an end, and Klopp was United's favourite to replace him, to bring back a sense of adventure to the Red Devils' game.

    Woodward told Klopp that the Theatre of Dreams was 'like an adult version of Disneyland', a mythical place where, as the nickname suggested, the entertainment was world class and dreams came true.

    Klopp wasn't entirely convinced by that sales pitch he found it a bit 'unsexy', he told a friend but he didn't dismiss the proposition out of hand either. After almost six years in the job at Dortmund, perhaps the time was ripe for a change of scenery.

    Aware of United's interest, Watzke had intended to insist that Klopp honour his contract, which had been extended to 2018 only the preceding autumn. Sensing that the 46‑year-old was quite conflicted, Watzke changed tack and opted for a very risky strategy.

    If Klopp wanted to go to Manchester United, he wouldn't stand in his way, he told him, playing on their mutual trust and a connection that had long since crossed from business into friendship. After some deliberation and the conversation at Watzke's kitchen table the Borussia Dortmund manager came to the conclusion that his work at the Signal Iduna Park was not yet done.

    United, however, felt there was still a possibility of luring him away. When Moyes received his inevitable marching orders on April 22, Klopp was quickly installed as the bookmakers' favourite to succeed the Scot.

    Incessant media speculation in the UK prompted the man from Swabia in south-west Germany to release a statement via the Guardian the next day to kill the rumour.

    'Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans,' it read, 'but my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is unbreakable.'

    Klopp continued to attract interest from the Premier League, regardless. Six months after he had turned down Woodward, Manchester United's local rivals Manchester City made an approach. Tottenham Hotspur, too, inquired about his services.

    Almost exactly a year after Klopp had said no to United, his bond with Dortmund turned out to be breakable after all. He announced he would resign at the end of the 201415 season, adding that he didn't intend to take a sabbatical.

    In a villa in Bremen's leafy Schwachhausen quarter, the phone started ringing a few weeks into the new Premier League season.

    As Brendan Rodgers's time at Anfield came to a slow end, a number of people contacted Klopp's agent, Marc Kosicke, promising to make an introduction to Liverpool.

    One, a German football agent, said he knew Kenny Dalglish really well. Kosicke preferred to wait. Eventually, somebody purporting to be Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre called. Could they have a conversation about Klopp coming to Anfield?

    They could, Kosicke replied, but only via a video Skype call. While Ayre hung up, before calling again over the app, Kosicke did a quick image search of the Liverpool official. Just to be sure.

    Too many pranksters and time wasters out there.

    'Once you've been at Dortmund, where can you go as a coach?' Martin Quast, a friend of Klopp since the early Nineties, asks.

    'In Germany, there's only the national team left, everything else would be a step down, even Bayern. Kloppo gets off on emotions, on empathy, on rocking the house, on being a part of something really big. I could only imagine him taking on a club abroad, a club like Liverpool.'

    Christian Heidel says Klopp had only one reservation: his English. 'He asked me: 'Should I do it?' I said: 'The spoken word is your weapon. You have to decide if you can get across what's important in English. You need to be sure.'

    'And then he said: 'I'll manage it. I'll study now, and I'll get there.' And since he's very intelligent, he got there, very quickly.

    'At the time [of LFC's approach], no other club would have stood a chance. He'd always been keen on them, he was excited by the emotional dimension of the job. I don't think he'd have gone to Manchester City or a club like that even though they really wanted him.'





    Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein is published by Yellow Jersey Press on Thursday, priced 12.99.



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    He was the top dog. He chose a challenge. Unfortunately people now think he aint the top dog. But that has more to do with us than him
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    Cheers for posting Darren, that was a good read. I maintain Klopp is perfect for this club...he just gets it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottybackSte View Post
    Cheers for posting Darren, that was a good read. I maintain Klopp is perfect for this club...he just gets it.
    Yeah he's a great fit for us.

    Imagine trying to woo him by saying 'come to us, we're an adult Disneyland'!

    No wonder he turned them down.

    And then adding 'the entertainment is world class' - this is when Moyes was in charge!
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    Klopp is by far and away the best manager for Liverpool. i just hope the owners support him with the right amount of cash to buy players. My only slight criticism to date is for our manager to fix our defence as quickly as possible through 2 to 3 strong signings.
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    Great manager, hope he can get us the league title!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggz View Post
    He was the top dog. He chose a challenge. Unfortunately people now think he aint the top dog. But that has more to do with us than him
    I think it has a lot to do with him persisting with certain players who aren't at the required level and our defence in particular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongTimeNoPost View Post
    I think it has a lot to do with him persisting with certain players who aren't at the required level and our defence in particular.
    Yes.
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    He’ll be vindicated one day and his ‘Doubters to Believers’ quote will eventually take its place in Liverpool FC folklore.

    Let’s keep the faith.
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    Im glad klopps up for the challenge of Liverpool
    He could do better than us, with competent people around him and wealth, we would struggle to get a better manager frankly
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    I liked this line in particular:

    Kloppo gets off on emotions, on empathy, on rocking the house, on being a part of something really big. I could only imagine him taking on a club abroad, a club like Liverpool.'

    The opposite of the cheque book manager

    I still think some of our fans are waiting for us to be a cheque book club with a manager hell bent on spending and spending till he gets it right, the mismatch is with them not the likes of Klopp.

    Good article, we all know and are slightly baffled as to where we haven't improved in obvious areas, but I still think he is the right man for this club and for the long haul.
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    There's no manager I want to succeed with us more than Klopp. In so many ways he is the perfect fit for our club, and if he brought us trophies and/or a league title he would become an absolute legend.
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    The field of dreams and adult Disneyland may have been good for Mourinho, who thinks he is the special one, but Klopp is a more sincere person who fits the culture at Anfield more than he would at Old Trafford. They both have charisma, but Mourinho's brand is built on bigging himself up, whereas Klopp bigs up his players.
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    ManUre and DisneyLand?

    Less Red Devils, more Muppets
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    Looking forward to the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Collard Greens View Post
    Great manager, hope he can get us the league title!
    Doubt if any of them would want him now.
    Will he get us the lege title?
    Not until he learns you need balance in your team ie a defensive MF.
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    Jesus you are on a hate streak these Days
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghyllred View Post
    Doubt if any of them would want him now.
    Will he get us the lege title?
    Not until he learns you need balance in your team ie a defensive MF.
    It's just so simple isn't it...
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    Yep, he was and still is the best manager for the job by a mile.

    Some of the geniuses on here were suggesting he be moved on a few weeks ago, while kissing Spurs' behinds as if they were the next coming of Brazil 1970.

    Funny thing is, in football, a few weeks can change everything. Now the Liverpool club on the verge of collapse according to the idiots (both pundits and some of our fans) are 1 point behind the magical, flying Spurs team, and 1 point out of 3rd.

    If we give him some proper support (and I mean all of us, not the owners, the owners are doing just fine), then he is the man who can bring us titles of all sorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghyllred View Post
    Doubt if any of them would want him now.
    Will he get us the lege title?
    Not until he learns you need balance in your team ie a defensive MF.
    Standard Lege are my favourite team in Belgum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSoundLady View Post
    Standard Lege are my favourite team in Belgum.
    I went to watch Club Bruges once when I was 13 on a school trip; it was pretty crap and they had no songs just this clappy thing they all did; that was in about 81
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    Quote Originally Posted by aylesbyred View Post
    I went to watch Club Bruges once when I was 13 on a school trip; it was pretty crap and they had no songs just this clappy thing they all did; that was in about 81
    Didn't Ralph Fiennes die in Bruges?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSoundLady View Post
    Didn't Ralph Fiennes die in Bruges?
    Erm Im not so sure who he even is hen, wasnt he an explorer ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aylesbyred View Post
    Erm Im not so sure who he even is hen, wasnt he an explorer ?
    Oh dear epic fail Ayles
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