Klopp was offered Dortmund after a wild night’s work, while Liverpool’s interest was like meeting his wife
“I woke up and called 20 clubs”: Jurgen Klopp was offered a job at Borussia Dortmund after the wild night of partying, says Liverpool was interested as the moment he met his wife and admitted that he “loved B & B’s “after a six-week trip to England as a teenager
- Jurgen Klopp was offered the job in Dortmund after a wild night of partying in Mainz
- The German compared Liverpool’s interest in the moment he met his wife
- The 52-year-old also revealed a love for English B & Bs after traveling as a teenager
Jurgen Klopp knew immediately that Liverpool was the perfect destination for him.
The German left Borussia Dortmund in May 2015 after being in charge for seven years. There was interest from various clubs when he returned to management after a five-month sabbatical.
But as soon as his agent mentioned Liverpool, his decision was made. Klopp describes learning their approach as similar to the moment he met his wife Ulla.
Jurgen Klopp compared Liverpool’s interest in him the moment he met his wife Ulla Sandra
“There was a lot of interest, I had to go on holiday first,” Klopp said Sky Sports soccer.
‘I heard from my agent that Liverpool is interested and I immediately felt’ oh god ‘, it’s like I met my wife – I saw her and thought I married her well and so it was with the club.
“It felt from the first moment.”
Klopp has often been a much sought-after coach. After an 18-year spell with Mainz as a player and later as a manager, the German decided that he would continue at the end of the 2007/2008 season after the club had not been promoted.
But what he did not envisage was an offer he would receive after a wild night of partying.
“There were surprisingly many teams who wanted to sign me back then, but I didn’t talk to anyone because the decision was made to stay with Mainz when we get promoted.
‘We didn’t get a PhD on the last day of play, so until then I didn’t talk to anyone. So Sunday night there was a big party in Mainz, goodbye and all. So we were all beautiful … we were in a good mood.
The Liverpool boss spoke Social to Sky Sports Football on Saturday about his career
After playing for 18 years at Mainz as a player and manager, he decided it was time for a new task
‘So I woke up the next morning and looked at my phone and it was 15, 20 different clubs that called. I wasn’t really clear at the time to think about it.
“My favorite club was always Borussia Dortmund to be honest because of the stadium, because of the tradition, because of the size of the club … but I didn’t even know if they were interested. I then saw them in the list and they made an offer and we spoke.
“The offer was funny because it was less than what I earned at Mainz in the second division. Mainz was very generous because we had fun and so on Borussia Dortmund clearly thought that we would get a manager from the second division and make a smaller offer.
Klopp recalled that he was offered the job in Dortmund after a wild night of partying with his old club
“So we said we really want to come, it’s not about the money, but …” are you serious? ”
“I said that I earn more in Mainz and they said,” I don’t believe that, “and my agent said, look, that’s the contract for Mainz and they said,” what?! “So we signed with a slightly improved offer, as we said, it wasn’t about the money we just wanted to go to Dortmund and it was the perfect decision. “
Klopp won five trophies in Dortmund before joining Liverpool and the 52-year-old revealed how a move to England had always been on the agenda.
“I loved England before I lived here, because when I was 18 years old, I was here five or six weeks by train, interrail. My cousin wanted to come (to England), we were just bed and breakfast, had a tent, occasionally we were at a campsite.
‘Unfortunately the weather was really annoying. We didn’t use the tent too often because it was so wet, but I loved bed and breakfast.
The German won five trophies, including two league titles during his seven-year period there
He led Liverpool to their sixth Champions League trophy and his first in June last year
“It was so great, so you were in contact with people you don’t usually have.
“You travel through a country, you meet all kinds of generations, some elderly people who were always very nice, so that time I thought I wanted to live in England for a while.”
The Liverpool boss seems to enjoy his time here just as much as 34 years ago.
In the 1985/86 campaign, the Reds were champions and it is increasingly likely that Klopp will lead them to the league title this season.
However, the British weather leaves much to be desired.
A move to England was always on the agenda after he enjoyed an interrailing trip at the age of 18