Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted to wanting Klopp to take cost on the Westfalenstadion for a second spell and he made a move to tempt the German again from Merseyside.
After a disappointing 2017/18 season, Watzke was recruiting a brand new supervisor and, though he knew it was extraordinarily unlikely to occur, took a punt on asking Klopp if he fancied one other crack on the job.
‘I knew Jurgen would fulfill his contract until the end,’ Watzke wrote in his new guide, ‘Real Love – A life with Borussia Dortmund’. ‘Jurgen has always fulfilled his contracts. That’s how he is.
‘But if you need to go in new methods, and I wished a brand new path at BVB at this level, then I at the very least had to ask Jurgen to think about.
‘I would not have forgiven myself for not asking him at that moment.’
With Klopp nonetheless answerable for Liverpool, main them to the Champions League title in June and presently sitting fairly on the prime of the Premier League, we all know how the story ends.
It can be no surprise that the 52-year-old gave the suggestion fairly quick shrift, along with his contract at Anfield operating till 2023.
‘My telephone rang whereas I used to be on the airplane Aki was on it: “Jürgen, you have to come back.” I believed he was kidding,’ stated Klopp of the surprise name from Watzke (generally known as Aki).
‘Are you stupid? Have you been drinking? How did you get the idea? I’ve received just a few extra years in Liverpool.’
Klopp has not dominated out a return to Dortmund in some unspecified time in the future in his profession, though he admits that it doesn’t appear a possible step.
‘As a rescuer in need, if the club really needs my help – why should not I do that?’ stated Klopp. ‘It’s very good that I even have the chance. But, I admit, it doesn’t appear so doubtless.
‘There’s at all times one thing new to come.’