Klopp turned down man­ager’s job at United on wife’s ad­vice

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

JUR­GEN Klopp’s wife con­vinced the Ger­man man­ager to snub United in favour of manag­ing Liver­pool, ac­cord­ing to Phil Thomp­son.

Klopp was one of many can­di­dates linked with the man­age­rial role at Old Traf­ford five years ago when United parted com­pany with David Moyes.

The Ger­man man­ager had just led Borus­sia Dort­mund to con­sec­u­tive Bun­desliga ti­tles as well as guid­ing them to the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in the pre­vi­ous year. Liver­pool great Thomp­son claims Klopp was of­fered the chance to takeover at United fol­low­ing the exit of Moyes, but ruled him­self out of con­tention af­ter ad­vice from his wife. Ac­cord­ing to Thomp­son,

Klopp’s wife, Ulla, said there was some­thing not ‘right’ about a move to Manch­ester and in­stead con­vinced him to make the switch to Mersey­side.

“I in­ter­viewed Klopp for Sky, and I asked if he and Liver­pool were cre­ated for each other. He looked at me and asked why,” Thomp­son said.

“Then Klopp told me he could have taken over Manch­ester United, but his wife said it wasn’t right. When Liver­pool ar­rived, his wife said it was right. It is as if he’s cre­ated for Liver­pool. This is one of the best Liver­pool teams in the club’s his­tory.

“In my time we al­ways lost three to four games (at this stage of the sea­son), but this team leads by nine points and lost only one game last sea­son.”

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