Revealed: Why Liverpool passed on Arsenal pair

Jurgen Klopp believes he has been proved right after admitting he rejected the chance to try and sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Both starred under Liverpool manager while at BVB and it was no surprise to see them linked with a move to Merseyside once German manager took charge at Anfield in 2015.

But Jurgen Klopp declined the chance to be reunited with the duo as Armenian midfielder joined Manchester United before then switching to Arsenal, while the north London club also won the race to bring in the free-scoring striker in January 2018.

“I had that player,” Jurgen Klopp said of Henrikh Mkhitaryan when pressed why he didn’t sign him. “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 Old Trafford). 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.”

Questioned also about Aubameyang, Jurgen Klopp added: “It’s not boring [to not try signing him] but you know everything about each other so how can you develop? Where is the next step? Where is the next push for development?”