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Fowler reveals further reasons why Klopp turned down Man Utd

We already knew that Jurgen Klopp had previously been approached by Man Utd before joining the Reds, but Robbie Fowler has revealed further reasons behind this decision.

The Liverpool legend currently manages Brisbane Roar FC in Australia and was talking to the Mirror when he spoke about the current Liverpool boss.

He said: "I did an interview with him a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after Dortmund – one of them was definitely ­Manchester United, the other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focused solely on ­commercial influences.

"He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the ­history and identity of the club and their fans.

"He also said he backed himself to make Anfield great again, even without the riches of the super-elite in world football – that he could do it another way.

"He’s not there yet, but he has certainly given Liverpool fans their ­belief back – and their pride too. I have witnessed that."

What is clear, is that when Liverpool fans hear rival fans saying they wished they'd gone for Klopp, or missed out on signing him, it's clear that they wouldn't have got him anyway.

The connection between the club, fans and the manager and players is what attracted the German manager to Anfield and the reaction to Klopp and his players bringing the trophy home will only have hammered that home that he made the right decision.

Fowler continued: "I took my lad Jacob on the bus tour around the city with the Champions League ­trophy afterwards. His face after that win was a picture.

"It was a mixture of marvel and joy in what it meant to be a Liverpool fan at that ­moment, but also ­anticipation about what is still to come. That was the first trophy and we all ­believe there will be more."

Fowler is born and bred in Liverpool, fondly known as the 'Toxteth terror' for his deadly finishing abilities and he understands perhaps as much as anyone what the club means to the fans.

So, he's well placed to see how much it means to Jurgen to bring that joy and happiness back to the fans.

He continued: "I went to the party after the final in the team hotel and the joy was on Klopp’s face, too - it was the thing I noticed most about him.

"Look, he’s a winner, no doubt, but he also wants to give the people something.

"In that interview, he spoke about a rival manager and the dull football his team played and said he could never do that. He said he would quit ­football rather than have to play like that.

"That joy I saw on his face says he wants to give the fans something to be proud of.

"He gets what Liverpool is about. He gets what the ­people of the city are. Most importantly, he gets what it means to people to have that joy in their life.

"I’m not saying he’s not a disciplinarian. That image of him laughing all the time is not true – I’ve seen him deal with players in the past and he’s as tough as they come. But he has heart, too.

"He does all the tactical stuff, is hugely sophisticated in game plans, science, ­analysis, but his man-­management sets him apart.

"I’ve been in and around that club and I can see that Klopp is liked by everyone there."

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