Why Klopp snubbed international offer

English Premier League

Jurgen Klopp has been widely backed to become the next manager of Germany, but the Liverpool boss could already have held an international role before joining the Reds.

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Following seven highly successful seasons with Borussia Dortmund, Klopp took a four-month hiatus from football in 2015 before replacing Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. 

During his final months with the Bundesliga outfit, the German manager was not short of suitors, and it has now been revealed that he turned down an approach from the Mexico national team.

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"I asked through a third party if he'd be interested in the Mexican national team," former Mexico sporting director Guillermo Cantu said during an Instagram Live interview with TUDN

"The message back was, 'I appreciate it, many thanks, but I still have a lot to do in club football and I want to go to England.

"At no point was it close. I never spoke with him directly, it was through a third party while he was still at Borussia Dortmund."

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Mexico ultimately went on to appoint Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio while Klopp joined the Reds in October that year, and has since won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with the Merseysiders.

The 52-year-old's recent success has seen him become the favourite to succeed Joachim Low as Germany's manager, although that is not expected to happen before his contract with Liverpool expires in 2024.