Although he has heaped praise on the outgoing Los Angeles Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he will not link up with the former Manchester United forward
After months of wild speculations, the 38-year-old striker has finally announced that he will be departing the Major League Soccer to return to Europe soon.
In his unique ‘Zlatan style,’ Ibrahimovic has recently broadcasted via social media his desire to break up with Galaxy and move back to European football, where he played for numerous famous clubs before flying across the Atlantic.
I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans – you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball pic.twitter.com/kkL6B6dJBr— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2019
Although AC Milan have recently been named as the top favorites to land the former Sweden international, some sources have also linked Zlatan with a potential Premier League reunion.
Ibra’s former employees, Manchester United, are also among the candidates interested in bringing him back to Europe, but Liverpool have also emerged as a potential destination.
However, Jurgen Klopp has been quick to address the Reds’ stance on ex-Ajax prodigy, insisting the Merseyside giants are not considering Ibrahimovic as a transfer target.
“If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him,” the German told Sportbladet, as transcribed by the Daily Mirror.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted he would have been interested in signing free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he hadn't played for Manchester United.— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) November 14, 2019
“If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him.”https://t.co/FC3upQYXu5
“But I’m not even sure he wanted to play here. We’re a pretty intense team.”
Still, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has shown the utmost respect for the prolific striker, one Ibra certainly deserved throughout his trophy-laden career.
“With that said, I couldn’t have had more respect for Zlatan,” Klopp added.
“I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence. While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway.
“He’s a fantastic character, and I really hope he doesn’t stop playing football. The world will miss him too much.”
Even at the age of 38, Zlatan finished the last MLS season as a second-best goalscorer behind Carlos Vela, netting 30 goals in 29 appearances in the regular season.