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Jurgen Klopp's Priceless Response To Offer To Return To Borussia Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp's Priceless Response To Offer To Return To Borussia Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp received an offer to return to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 but the German knocked back the proposal in the most hilarious way possible.

Klopp won two Bundesliga titles during his time managing BVB before leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season and eventually taking on the vacant position at Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was sacked.

He's since taken the Reds from mid-table mediocrity to Champions League winners and title contenders in four years but prior to Dortmund appointing Lucien Favre as manager a year ago, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke ambitiously tried to lure him back

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"I knew Jurgen would fulfil his contract until the end," Watzke writes in a new book, as per Bild.

"Jurgen has always fulfilled his contracts. But I wanted a new path at BVB and I at least had to ask Jurgen to consider."

While Klopp was on a plane, having recently guided Liverpool to the Champions League final, he received a phone call from his old boss and was almost in disbelief.

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"My phone rang while I was on the plane. 'Jurgen, you have to come back'," Klopp recalls.

"I thought he was kidding. 'Are you stupid? Have you been drinking? How did you get the idea? I've got a few more years in Liverpool'."

Despite guiding Liverpool to a sixth European Cup in Madrid last June, Klopp is very much still in the middle of a project at Liverpool, who are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

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Much like he did at Dortmund, the 52-year old has formed a special rapport with the club's supporters.

He also retains a good friendship with with Watzke and recently told an incredible story about how the pair celebrated the Bundesliga title win in 2011.

"I actually woke up on a truck in the garage," Klopp recounts in Inside Borussia Dortmund, the new Amazon Prime documentary.

"All alone. I remember that, but I have no idea about the hours before that.

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"I woke up, climbed out of the truck and found myself in a big factory hall. Then I walked across the yard and saw the silhouette of a man.

"So I whistled because I can whistle quite loudly and I noticed the silhouette slowed down a little. So I waited and saw Aki Watzke (Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund CEO). So Aki and I were the only people on this huge yard."

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, BVB, Premier League, Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp

Josh Lawless

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