Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he wanted to punch himself when he missed out on signing Sadio Mane for Borussia Dortmund.
The German had an opportunity to bring the player to the Westfalenstadion while he was in charge of the Bundesliga club, but turned it down after meeting the winger personally.
However, he was quick to realise his mistake, and is now making up for lost time at Anfield.
‘With Sadio it was pretty simple because I made the mistake at Dortmund where I didn’t take him,’ Klopp told reporters of bringing the forward to Merseyside.
‘We talked. I think everyone knows we met each other and by the end I didn’t feel this [claps hands together].
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‘Around about three months later I would have punched myself so I knew already that the next chance I had I would take it. So it was not difficult to take this decision, it was very easy.
‘When the club came and when Michael Edwards [Liverpool’s new sporting director] said we have an opportunity, no talks were necessary anymore. It was a case of ‘let’s do it’.’
He added: ‘I don’t know why I didn’t sign him before. I like the player, it was more of a feeling.
‘At Dortmund we could only get one player for this position, not two or three, so it needed to be exactly the right fit in this moment.
‘I’ve said a lot of times, I’m not a genius and I couldn’t exactly imagine where he was in terms of playing in the Austrian league and what does the Austrian league mean for the football [at Dortmund]?
‘I have made more mistakes in my life like this but he would have been more expensive if we had taken him to Dortmund and then he had been sold to Liverpool, so all good for Liverpool.
‘The more I think about it, that was my first Liverpool decision. Nice.’