Liverpool boss Kloppis preparing his players for the latest instalment of the club’s bitter rivalry with United this weekend when the two sides meet at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
But some Reds supporters might not be too delighted to hear how their eccentric coach used to refer to United when he was still playing in the Bundesliga.
Eckhard Krautzun managed Klopp as a player at Mainz before being succeeded by him in the role in 2001, and the 76-year-old still remains in contact with Klopp to this day.
Speaking in an interview with the Set Pieces, Krautzun said: “It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.
“I said, ‘Jürgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United.’”
Fortunately for Liverpool fans, Klopp did not end up succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, but it poses the intriguing thought of how that might’ve worked out.
Would Klopp have been a successful United boss?
What do you think?