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Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool were the only club which could have made him end his year-long break from football.
The German quit Borussia Dortmund in May 2015 and planned to spend a year out of the game but was tempted back into management when Liverpool approached him to replace Brendan Rodgers last October.
Klopp had plenty of offers but turned them down; Liverpool, however, was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
“I am not saying there was no-one else around,” he told the Daily Mail. “The club would have found another manager, and I would have found another job — maybe an easier job. But I liked this club before I came here.
“It wasn’t a big decision for me. It was the only club that could have broken up my holiday. I had enough offers, I was saying, “No, no, sorry, not now . . . ”, and then came Liverpool. And I know how this sounds, and what people will say, but I fell in love.
“I felt responsible really quickly. It’s like if you are in my inner circle, my family, my friends. I felt Liverpool was both: family and friends.
“We can start with the colour,’ Klopp continues, patting a vividly red sofa cushion. ‘Then the stadium, the people in this club. I am not the sort of person who comes in and says, ‘You — sacked’. That is not me, ‘Don’t like his face, don’t like his face…’
“I like to give first, second, even third chances. We are human beings. If I was judged on my first mistake, I wouldn’t be here.
“So I felt faith, and that is how life should be.”