Ilkay Gundogan played under Jurgen Klopp for Borussia Dortmund and it was his former boss who convinced him to move to England to play for Manchester City.
The two Germans worked together closely at Dortmund, winning a Bundesliga title and a DFB Pokal trophy as well as making it to the Champions League final.
Gundogan actually scored a penalty in that game but it counted for little as Bayern Munich still managed to emerge as victors.
Klopp signed as Liverpool manager last season and Gundogan has also moved to England, albeit to Manchester City. The midfielder claims his transfer is due to input from Klopp, according to Sport Bild magazine, via the Mirror.
“To be honest I asked his advice, if the Premier League was the right thing for me,” he told Sport Bild magazine.
“He said ‘yes’ and believed I would feel very well here and that the playing style would be perfect for me.”
“It was good to have my impressions confirmed.”
Gundogan scored a goal for Manchester City on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth with a supremely composed finish to round off a 4-0 rout.
It would have been great if Klopp could’ve used his connection with Gundogan to get the German international to join Liverpool as his style is perfect for Klopp’s pressing game as shown by his involvement in the excellent 2012/13 Champions League tournament.
Alas, he has signed for the Manchester club but the the former Dortmund player should receive a customary Klopp-hug when Liverpool play City on New Years Eve.
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