Jurgen Klopp admits he tried to sign one Tottenham player


It’s hard not to be impressed by Tottenham’s phenomenal attack.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli have been at the forefront of Spurs’ title ambitions this season, but the likes of Christian Eriksen don’t always get the credit they deserve.

The Dane has seven goals and nine assists in all competitions this season – one more assist than Mesut Ozil – and was in fine form again in the 3-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Perhaps the only criticism of the playmaker is that he doesn’t always turn up in the big games and much of his success seems to come against the Premier League’s bottom-half sides.

Even so, the 25-year-old has been pretty impressive.

This isn’t news to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who admits he actually wanted to sign Eriksen even when he was at Ajax.

Spurs signed him from the Eredivisie giants for just £11million, but it appears Borussia Dortmund were also in the race.

“When I was in Dortmund we were very interested in Eriksen, but we had to choose between him, Mkhitaryan, and De Bruyne,” Klopp told Danish publication Ekstra Bladet.

“Christian Eriksen is a great player. Everyone would love to have him on their team.

“At that time we had three players, we went after – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kevin de Bruyne and Christian Eriksen.


“We scouted all three very intensely, but we knew we could only get one. We were happy to get Mkhitaryan.”

In 2013, BVB were looking to replace Mario Gotze, who had just left for Bayern Munich, and they did very well to get Mkhitaryan.

Either De Bruyne or Eriksen would have been a great coup, though, and the Premier League’s now lucky enough to boast all three.

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