Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he would have been interested in joining free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he hadn’t performed for bitter rivals Manchester United.
Last month, Sweden forward took to social media to announce he would be returning to Europe following his time in the MLS with LA Galaxy.
The former Sweden international signed Man United in 2016 before heading to America in March 2018.
When questioned about the 38-year-old, Klopp told Sportbladet via TribalFootball: “If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him.
“No, but I’m not even sure he wanted to play here. We’re a pretty intense team,” Klopp laughed.
“With that said, I couldn’t have had more respect for Zlatan. I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence.
“While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway. He’s a fantastic character, and I really hope he doesn’t stop playing football. The world will miss him too much.”
Ibrahimovic began his career at Malmo before enjoying times with some of Europe’s top sides including Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus.
On Wednesday evening, the Swedish striker waved goodbye to the United States with a hilarious goodbye message.
He wrote: “I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you, @lagalaxy, for making me feel alive again.
“To the Galaxy fans – you wanted Zlatan; I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball.”