German international midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan is one of the mainstays of Pep Guardiola in Manchester City. But, in fact the 29-year-old player had the opportunity to join Liverpool and reunite with Jurgen Klopp. The opportunity was then passed by Gundogan.
It was Jurgen Klopp, the former coach of the German player who precisely became the reason for the rejection. For information, Gundogan and Klopp do have a very good relationship. The two had worked together at Borussia Dortmund.
In fact, they became an important element when Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga and the German Cup. In the summer of 2016, Gundogan decided to move to the Premier league and join Manchester City.
Until now, Gundogan is still a mainstay of Citizens in midfield. Though the fact he could have been a mainstay of Jurgen Klopp again in Liverpool, had received a proposal from the Marseyside team.
Yes, Gundogan confirmed the offer from Liverpool in the summer of 2016, at which time Klopp was already in the manager’s seat. But, concerned would prefer to join Manchester City.
Instead of not wanting to reunite with Klopp, it was the manager who was the reason why he refused the offer from the Marseyside team. Gundogan felt he needed a new challenge, after four years working under Klopp’s direction.
“I have been trained by Klopp for four years. Honestly, I like him personally and as a manager. But I want to look for new challenges. Klopp actually advised me to move from Dortmund at that time,”
“That’s a little reason why I refused Liverpool. I don’t want to be nurtured again by Klopp and don’t develop. Gundogan said as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
Furthermore, Gundogan did not dismiss the fact that Pep Guardiola was one of the strong reasons why he chose Manchester City. The philosophy of the Spanish coach he had felt when he was involved in handling Bayern Munich.
“I once played Guardiola when he handled Bayern Munich, and to be honest I was very impressed. I am happy with the foster play style and they are very strong on the field. So when there is an opportunity to be coached by Guardiola and his club Manchester City is the right combination. I never regret joining here,” he said.