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