Manchester United winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that he almost signed for rivals Liverpool in 2013 after a telephone conversation with the then manager Brendan Rodgers. However, Jurgen Klopp went personally to see him and he ended up in Borussia Dortmund instead.
“I spoke two or three times on the phone to Rodgers, he was saying he really wanted me and that I would get to play with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard,” Mkhitaryan said.
“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, 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.”
The 27-year-old became the first ever player from Armenia to play in the English Premier League when he signed for the Red Devils in the summer of 2016.
He had a successful spell at Signal Iduna Park and he only has kind words for his former boss Jurgen Klopp ahead of their clash at Old Trafford.
“He was always next to you if there were playing problems or life problems. He is a good person,” he continued.
“In particular, he helped me a lot because I was thinking too much about football. I took defeats too seriously, I would obsess about any chances I missed. He told me that it is just life and I had to let it go because when the next chance comes, I needed to be in the right frame of mind to take it.
“I learned to realise that everyone makes mistakes in life and you cannot worry on the pitch. You have to forget about it.”
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