Ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s former boss has revealed that an embarrassing secret about the Liverpool manager.

Eckhard Krautzun, who was Klopp’s manager when he played for Mainz, has claimed that Klopp dreams of managing United, who are his favourite club.

Klopp replaced Krautzun as Mainz manager before joining Borussia Dortmund. After leaving the German club, he was eager to get back in to management, but it was Liverpool who offered him a job, not United.

I’m not surprised he does so well. When it came to his favourite club, however, Liverpool weren’t always number one. It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.

If he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United. After three or four months not working, I knew that he wanted to be in action again…when the offer came from Liverpool, I knew he would not hesitate because he wanted to get into a top club in England.