Jurgen Klopp will NOT sign any of Borussia Dortmund’s top stars, says BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Klopp has been linked with a host of his former players but the Dortmund boss says that he has every faith that his former manager will not swoop for his ex-players.
And if he does, he will do it through the official means.
“Jurgen would never do anything that would damage BVB’s interests,” said Watzke inBild.
“I am 100 per cent certain about that. He would never approach any players behind our back. We are simply too close for things like that to happen. We have been through too much together.”
Setting his sights high…
Jurgen Klopp has set his sights high and will try to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Anfield, according to The Sun.
The Borussia Dortmund striker was brought to the Bundesliga by Klopp, before developing into one of the division’s most feared front men.
His form has continued this season with a deadly goalscoring record – but Klopp believes that he can convince him to join him on Msersyside.
Aubameyang is rated at around £35million and it is thought that he tops Klopp’s January wishlist.
Klopp’s aims for first season at Liverpool revealed
Jurgen Klopp has revealed his aims for his first season in charge at Liverpool , writes Mirror Football’s James Whaling.
The German has placed the emphasis on the Reds’ identity on the pitch, rather than winning trophies immediately.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss says he wants to ‘develop a recognisable brand of football’ this term, as he prepares for his first game in charge at Tottenham next weekend.
Despite an indifferent start to the campaign, taking just 12 points from their opening eight games, Liverpool sit only three points off the final Champions League sport, currently occupied by Crystal Palace.
Klopp, speaking to German publication Bild , said he is ‘humbled’ to have the chance to take over at the Reds.
“I have no idea why the hype is so big,” he said. “I am humbled to have this chance.
“Lots of German coaches have been successful but not many come here. This is a big challenge for me and my coaching team.
“Liverpool have had a period without success and changed managers a lot. Now the hope is for miracles, but progress takes time.
“I had a long conversation [with John Henry]. The aim is to develop a recognisable brand of football.”
Klopp still enjoying Liverpool nightlife
Jurgen Klopp might not have had a game to take charge of on his first weekend as Liverpool manager, but that hasn’t stopped him getting to know the city, writes Mirror Football’s James Whaling.
The German has taken full advantage of the majority of his squad being away on international duty by going on a night out with wife Ulla.
Having already been snapped enjoying a beer with fans since his arrival in Merseyside, pictures have now emerged of the former Borussia Dortmund boss having a pint and a cigarette.
Wearing a leather jacket, designer jeans and his trusty cap, Klopp looked in good spirits as he gets used to life on Merseyside, ahead of his first game in charge of the Reds next weekend.
Neves on the radar for Klopp
Jurgen Klopp will prove he is ready to give youth a chance, by making a Portugal Under-21 international one of his first Anfield targets, writes Mirror Football’s David Maddock.
The new Liverpool FC manager sent scouts to watch defensive midfielder Ruben Neves play for his country’s Under-21 side against Hungary on Friday night.
The 18-year-old is a Porto regular, and well known to the Reds’ elite player development coach Pep Lijnders, who was in charge of development at the Portugal club before arriving at Anfield, and worked closely with the youngsters.
He identified Neves as an outstanding talent, and has recommended the midfielder to Klopp, who also had him on the radar at Borussia Dortmund last season.
Lallana relishing chance to play for Klopp
If Adam Lallana’s reaction is anything to go by Liverpool’s stars appear to be champing at the bit to be part of the Jurgen Klopp revolution, writes Mirror Football’s Darren Lewis.
The charismatic German has already electrified the red half of Merseyside after spelling out his vision for the club at his opening press conference last Friday.
Lallana, on international duty with England, was among the many players who watched Klopp holding court on TV and has become the first to speak publicly about his arrival.
The Three Lions midfielder , in line to start against Lithuania tonight, said: “I am excited, very excited, to work with the new manager.
“I saw the press conference and, like everyone there and the reaction he is getting, it is going to be exciting.
“I have obviously got one more game with England and I am fully focused on it, but I am excited to get back to the club afterwards.”