Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims he might have considered making a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic had he not featured for rivals Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic confirmed on Wednesday that he will be leaving Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy after two seasons when his contract expires at the end of the year.
Despite his age, the Swede racked up an impressive 31 goals in 31 appearances for Galaxy this season and has been linked with a return to Europe in the January transfer.
Klopp, however, has no plans to sign the veteran striker but he remains a big fan.
“If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him," Klopp told Sportbladet.
“No, but I'm not even sure he wanted to play here. We're a pretty intense team…
“With that said, I couldn't have had more respect for Zlatan.
“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.”