Henrikh Mkhitaryan On How Jürgen Klopp Stopped Him From Joining Liverpool
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on January 15, 2017
Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed how a meeting with Jürgen Klopp instantly persuaded him to chose Dortmund over Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side.
Mkhitaryan, who joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, will face-up with former boss Jürgen Klopp this afternoon as the Red Devils take on Liverpool at Old Trafford. Speaking ahead of the clash, the 27-year-old said:
“I spoke two or three times on the phone to [Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers, he was saying he really wanted me and that I’d get to play with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.
“Half of me thought I had to go there, the other half was not so confident, that the gap to the Premier League might be too big for a skinny player from the Ukrainian League.”
“Two weeks later, Jürgen Klopp broke off his holiday on an island next to Denmark to come and see me in Dortmund.
“I knew he had a good reputation for working with younger players and, after we met, I felt more comfortable to sign for Dortmund. I think I made the right decision.”
Mkhitaryan, who has now hit his stride at Manchester United, recently won the Premier League’s goal of the month award for December after his exquisite scorpion-kick goal against Sunderland. The Armenian will be hoping he can repeat his recent run of form against Liverpool, a run that saw him earn first, second and third place in Manchester United.
Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford this afternoon, with kick-off at 4.00pm. A win for United would see them move within three points of everyone above them, excluding Chelsea. A win for Liverpool would see them turn up the heat on Chelsea, but a loss could ultimately dump the Reds out of the title race.