Jurgen Klopp Responds To Rumours That Liverpool Want To Sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jurgen Klopp has hilariously brushed aside rumours that Liverpool want to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic by poking fun at rivals Manchester United.
The 38-year-old Swedish superstar confirmed on Wednesday that he had left LA Galaxy amid intense transfer speculation linking him with Napoli and AC Milan.
And the Liverpool boss had a tongue-in-cheek response when he was asked if the Reds were interested in signing Ibrahimovic.
"If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him," he told Swedish newspaper Sportbladet.
Klopp went on to say that he is unsure if the ex-LA Galaxy striker "wanted to play here" and laughed about Liverpool being a "pretty intense team."
He explained: "No, but I'm not even sure he wanted to play here. We're a pretty intense team.
"With that said, I couldn't have had more respect for Zlatan. I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence.
"While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway.
"He's a fantastic character and I really hope he doesn't stop playing football. The world will miss him too much."
Ibrahimovic enjoyed a successful spell in England when he signed with United in 2016 and reunited with former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
The ex-Paris Saint-Germain star made an instant impact at United in his debut season and lifted the League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield.
United were reportedly 'in contact' with the former Swedish international over a potential stunning return to Old Trafford.
But the Red Devils have since ruled out a move for Ibrahimovic, who said all of his old haters became his fans after his stint at United.
LA Galaxy boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto believes that the former Inter Milan and Barcelona striker will finish his career in Italy.
"I don't know what Ibra will do now," he told Italian station Radio Kiss Kiss.
"He's a wonderful player, but I don't know what his next step will be, maybe he'll end his career at Napoli or even Milan.
"I don't know where, but he deserves and wants to finish his career in Italy."
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