HENRIKH MKHITARYAN has revealed Liverpool were desperate to sign him in 2013 – and he is happy he decided against the move.
Manchester United’s playmaker joined Borussia Dortmund instead from Shakhtar Donetsk during that summer.
And the Armenia international went on to become a huge star in the Bundesliga, earning him his dream £26.3million switch to Old Trafford.
But his career could have panned out very differently if he had chosen to snub now Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp three years ago and not Brendan Rodgers.
The former Reds boss tried convincing Mkhitaryan to move to Merseyside with the lure of teaming up with Liverpool’s star players.
However, the attacking midfielder didn’t feel physically ready for the Premier League, and Klopp’s personal touch in his approach at Dortmund convinced him to go to Germany.
“I spoke two or three times on the phone to [Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers, he was saying he really wanted me and that I’d get to play with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard,” Mkhitaryan told the Daily Mail.
“Half of me thought I had to go there, the other half was not so confident, that the gap to the Premier League might be too big for a skinny player from the Ukrainian League.
“Two weeks later, Jurgen Klopp broke off his holiday on an island next to Denmark to come and see me in Dortmund.
“I knew he had a good reputation for working with younger players and, after we met, I felt more comfortable to sign for Dortmund. I think I made the right decision.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will reunite with Klopp today at Old Trafford when Liverpool visit United in their Premier League showdown (4pm).
The 27-year-old missed the reverse fixture at Anfield earlier this season, but Mourinho could start him against the Reds.