Jurgen Klopp: I wanted to punch myself for not signing Liverpool player
The Liverpool manager reveals he had the opportunity to sign Sadio Mane during his time at Borussia Dortmund
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he wanted to punch himself after squandering the chance to sign Sadio Mane during his spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
The Liverpool boss oversaw a £34m deal to bring Mane to Anfield from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer transfer window.
The Senegal international has proven an instant hit at the Merseyside club after scoring six times and making two assists in 10 Premier League games ahead of the international break.
However, Klopp had the chance to sign Mane in the 2014 summer transfer window ahead of the African’s move to Southampton from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg but opted against finalising a deal.
The former Dortmund boss was left to rue his missed opportunity after Mane went on to score 21 times in two Premier League campaigns with the Saints before his switch to Liverpool.
Speaking about his previous attempts to sign Mane, Klopp is quoted as saying by The Guardian:
“With Sadio it was pretty simple because I made the mistake at Dortmund where I didn’t take him.
“We talked. I think everyone knows we met each other and by the end I didn’t feel (claps hands) this.
“Around about three months later I would have punched myself so I knew already that the next chance I had I would take it. So it was not difficult to take this decision, it was very easy.
“When the club came and when Michael Edwards said we have an opportunity. No talks were necessary any more. It was a case of ‘let’s do it’.”
Liverpool signed seven players in the summer transfer window.