Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he didn’t want to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer because he’d worked with him at Dortmund.
Klopp nurtured the Armenia international at his former club Borussia Dortmund and was initially linked with a swoop for him again at the start of the summer.
However, it quickly became apparent that the 27-year-old was set to join Manchester United instead and Klopp says he was never interested as he wanted to sign new players he’d never coached before that he could develop instead.
“I had that player,” he said when asked about Mkhitaryan. “If you have had players, you know more about them. You want to learn about other players. That’s how it is.
“I knew quite early that he was going this way (to United). There was absolutely no reason for me to jump in there. That isn’t how we work.
“We didn’t look for players we had already worked with. If you do that, you know their good, their bad and you wonder whether you will do it again. It’s not boring but you know everything about each other so how can you develop? Where is the next step? Where is the next push for development?
“We could have gone for a lot of players. But, first of all, you have to think: what do I need?”