Jurgen Klopp has revealed he was approached by Sir Alex Ferguson over succeeding him as Manchester United manager, but turned down the role as the timing was wrong.
The German, who replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October, was approached by Ferguson in April 2013 as the Scot moved towards the end of his 27-year reign at Old Trafford.
However, Klopp was unwilling to consider a move to England as he was already planning for the 2013-14 campaign with Borussia Dortmund and United subsequently appointed David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor.
“We spoke,” Klopp said. “We spoke not a lot but, for me, it was a lot.
“It was a big honour, the whole talk, to be honest. But I could not leave Dortmund.
“You are in April and you are in the middle of the planning for next season. You have this player and this player who are coming but then you are not there anymore? That doesn’t work. Not in my life.