Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that he attempted to bring Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp back to the club in 2018 according to Sky Sports.
Klopp secured two Bundesliga titles during his time at Dortmund where he spent seven years of his managerial career and inspired the club to be European contenders on the football world stage.
Watzke further admitted that although he had done everything to lure Klopp back, he exclaimed that he was not surprised at the manager sticking to his guns and remaining at Liverpool.
"I knew that Jurgen would [decline], that he will fulfil his contract in Liverpool," Watzke wrote in his new book REAL LOVE. A life with BVB.
"Jurgen has always fulfilled his contracts, but if you want to go new ways and we had to break new ground at BVB, then at least I had to ask Jurgen if he could possibly imagine that.
"I did not expect that at all, but I would not have forgiven myself for not asking him at that moment."
"The most important thing in our relationship was and is that we can rely on each other blindly," he added.
"Jurgen never lied to me. He is always honest, even in the job. And I never lied to him.
"Even in the most difficult phase, in the season of separation, when we crashed to the last place sometime shortly before the separation in the Bundesliga, that was the case.
"That sounds so obvious when you say that, but I've experienced it in a different way in this business and with other coaches."
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