Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted he tried to get Jürgen Klopp to quit Liverpool and come back to the Westfalenstadion in 2018.
Klopp left Dortmund in 2015 after winning two Bundesliga titles, but after his departure, Dortmund were struggling under Peter Bosz who was sacked mid-season before temporary boss Peter Stoger attained a fourth-place finish.
It was at this point that the Bundesliga club's CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, put in a call to an all old friend in hope more than expectation.
"I knew that Jurgen would [decline], that he will fulfill his contract in Liverpool," Watzke writes in his new book 'REAL LOVE. A life with BVB'.
"Jurgen has always fulfilled his contracts, but if you want to go new ways and we had to break new ground at BVB, then at least I had to ask Jurgen if he could possibly imagine that. I did not expect that at all, but I would not have forgiven myself for not asking him at that moment."
Klopp, however, turned down the offer, choosing to remain at Anfield.
“My phone rang while I was on the plane, Aki was on it: 'Jürgen, you have to come back’. I thought he was kidding," he recalls.
"Are you stupid, have you been drinking, how did you get the idea, I've got a few more years in Liverpool."
When asked if he would ever consider going back to Germany, Klopp said, “As a rescuer in need, if the club really needs my help - why should not I do that?
"It's very nice that I even have the opportunity. But, I admit, it does not seem so likely. There’s always something new to come."