Klopp reveals he was approached to take over at Man Utd

Klopp and Van Gaal clashed in Germany at the start of this decade
Klopp and Van Gaal clashed in Germany at the start of this decade

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he turned down an offer from Alex Ferguson to be placed on a shortlist to replace him at Manchester United back in 2013.

Klopp paid a glowing tribute to Ferguson ahead of his first game against United as Liverpool boss on Sunday and then went on to reveal the contact he had with the outgoing Old Trafford legend when he decided to retire from the game.

While Klopp admitted he was flattered by the advance from Ferguson, his loyalty to Borussia Dortmund meant he did not consider leaving Germany to take over at United.

"Yeah, we spoke. It was a big honour for me, the whole talk, to be honest," confirmed Klopp.

“In life timing is always important and that was a time I could not leave Dortmund. That was it.

“It wasn’t like this where you say ‘come in March or May’. You are in April and you are in the middle of the planning for next season.

“You have this player and this player and this player coming because you are there, but then you are not there anymore. That doesn’t work. Not in my life.

“I didn’t hear about a real offer but, if there was, I could not have done it. I first had to finish the job with Dortmund and then think about other things. Maybe that is not smart, but that is my way.”

Klopp had earlier described Ferguson as "the John Lennon of football", with his affection for the departed United manager not shared by too many supporters of the club he is now in charge of.

Ahead of his first taste of a Liverpool v Man Utd clash, Klopp is recalling his last meeting with current United boss Louis van Gaal, which led to the Dutchman's departure as Bayern Munich boss in 2011.

Bayern chiefs claimed the miserable football Van Gaal was promoting could no longer be tolerated at their club as he was sacked soon after a defeat against Klopp's Dortmund and some are suggesting a similar scenario could be played out if Liverpool beat United this weekend.

“Lucas Barrios, Nuri Sahin and Mats Hummels scored,” he smiled as he reflected on the win that helped his side lift the Bundesliga title.

“It was a long time ago. We had a good team, we were in a good moment with Dortmund and we scored brilliant goals that day.

“We won that game and we won the championship, but it was a long ago and this is different.

“I am a football fan and as a fan I like to be entertained. That’s not always possible, but it’s one of most important things because then you’re interested.”