President Uli Hoeness revealed that Bayern Munich had contemplated in hiring Jurgen Klopp to be their manager in 2008.
The German coach resigned from his post at Mainz 05 in 2008 after failing to win promotion back to the Bundesliga with a record of 109 wins and 83 defeats in 270 games.
Klopp had been in charge of Mainz, who he also made 354 appearances for as a striker and defender, for seven years and built himself a solid reputation in Germany for his exploits in his first managerial role with the club even reaching the UEFA Cup, despite their limited resources.
But come 2008, it was time for Klopp to take on a bigger role and Bundesliga champions Bayern were interested in handing him his big chance.
“Personally, I appreciate Jurgen Klopp very much,” Hoeness told Sport 1.
“I had arranged a cooperation with him many years ago, but then we hired Jürgen Klinsmann. I have already expressed great respect for him and his work.”
The 67-year-old added that Bayern aren’t considering replacing current manager Niko Kovac with Klopp.
“We’re not thinking about that right now,” insisted Hoeness.
“We are satisfied with our coach. We live in the here and now, and we should keep it that way.”
Instead, Klopp joined Borussia Dortmund on a two-year contract in 2008 and soon set about making an impact at Signal Iduna Park.
It didn’t take long either for the 51-year-old to win his first piece of silverware at Dortmund by beating Bayern to the 2008 DFL Supercup.
In total, Klopp won 179 and lost 70 of his 318 games in charge of Dortmund in a seven-year spell and led them to back-to-back Bundesliga titles along with two more DFL Supercups and a DFB-Pokal crown.
BVB also reached the 2013 Champions League final under Klopp, which they eventually lost 2-1 to Bayern at Wembley.
Since October 2015, Klopp has been in charge of Liverpool in the Premier League and is currently preparing the squad for Tuesday’s first leg against Bayern in their last-16 Champions League tie at Anfield.
Hoeness added: “This will be a tough task for both sides, and I hope it will end happily for us.”
The game between Liverpool and Bayern will begin at 9:00 PM (CET) on Tuesday.
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