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Klopp reveals ex-Premier League rival played key role in his Dortmund exit as Liverpool speculation continues

Ryan Smart

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Klopp reveals ex-Premier League rival played key role in his Dortmund exit as Liverpool speculation continues

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the key reason behind the timing of his announcement that he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund in 2015, as he goes past seven years as Reds boss.

Klopp became available to Liverpool in October 2015 following his decision to depart Dortmund at the end of the previous season. He replaced Brendan Rodgers at the Reds helm.

In Germany, the 55-year-old led Dortmund to five trophies, including two consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

In the 2012/13 campaign, the club were also runners-up in the Champions League to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

Klopp established himself as a club icon at Dortmund and, by the time of his departure, was the club's longest-serving manager - a record he still holds.

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But the only blot on an otherwise exceptional copybook was the difficulties in his final season in charge. After their 20th game of the season, Dortmund were in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga, although a charge in the second half of the campaign saw them jump to seventh.

With six games of the league season remaining, Klopp announced that he would be leaving Dortmund at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Now, over seven years on, the German has opened up on the difficult decision he took - and the timing of it.

Jurgen Klopp on Dortmund exit

Speaking to German outlet WBR (quotes via 90min), Klopp has revealed that the main reason behind the timing of his exit announcement was actually related to former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who would go on to succeed him as Dortmund boss.

However, the explanation for this is slightly different to what you might expect.

Klopp said: "I can still remember the reason for the timing back then - Thomas Tuchel was about to go to HSV [Hamburger SV].

"[I said] 'Wait a minute! Tuchel is going to HSV? Then we have to get it out there now!' That's why it was a little earlier than planned at the time."

Last month, former Tottenham manager and one-time Premier League winner, Tim Sherwood, suggested that Klopp could leave Liverpool at the end of the current season.

He told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: "I don't think Jurgen Klopp is there next season. I think there's a conversation to be had.

"I'm not sure Jurgen picks them up from where they are and makes them challengers again, I really don't."

He later added: "It's going to be a fight to get in the top four now. If they miss out on the top four, it's a rebuild. A total rebuild."

Since then, Klopp has guided his team up to sixth in the league table, and the Reds have also comfortably progressed through their Champions League group.

The German currently shows no indication of departing Anfield at the end of the season.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund, Premier League

Ryan Smart
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