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Klopp Addresses Claims He Wanted to Manage Manchester United

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Klopp said he’s crazy but "not that crazy" as a "very average" player to even hold such ambitions.

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Apparently Jürgen Klopp wanted to manage Manchester United when he was a player, according to his former manager at Mainz 05. Klopp addressed it, applied logic, and dismissed it. He may have wanted to be a manager and may have looked to Sir Alex Ferguson as inspiration during the 1990s.

That’s not inconceivable or outlandish to think, but this looks like a bit of mischief ahead of tomorrow’s big game between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.

"I heard about an interview with my former manager,” Klopp said. “I really like Eckhard Krautzen but when I think too far in the past I am not 100% sure what is right or wrong but it is still funny.

"I am sure he thinks it was like this but I was a player with Eckhard. How could I, as a very average player at Mainz, say to my manager ‘By the way, if I become a manager I would love to manage Manchester United’.

"Maybe people think I am a little bit crazy but I am not that crazy. I never thought about something like this. He was a big admirer and is still of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"In our first meeting he was wearing a jumper of Manchester United when he came in as a new coach. Maybe he forgot! There were a few funny stories (in the article). If he had given me a 5,000 Euros fine I would have played three months for nothing!

"Unfortunately a few things are not exact but still funny. I had fun when I read it but not all of it is exactly like he said. Sorry."

There you have it, sorry.