Jurgen Klopp claims he turned down the chance to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager before taking the reins at Liverpool.
Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout in October 2015, four months on from stepping down at Borussia Dortmund.
The 50-year-old's celebrated tenure at Signal Iduna Park featured back-to-back Bundesliga titles and saw him become one of the most sought-after coaches in European football.
In an interview with former Liverpool player Phil Thompson on Sky Sports, Klopp said he was approached to become United boss before they appointed Louis van Gaal for the 2014-15 season.
"Yes, there was interest - Manchester United, yes, they were interested a year or a year and a half before, but it didn't feel right," he said.
"I couldn't say Man United is not my club, it didn't feel right."
Klopp explained his intention to take a sabbatical from football after an underwhelming final season at Dortmund, only for the football romantic in him to heed Liverpool's call.
"Yes, I'm a football romantic," he said. "I'm confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call.
"A lot of clubs called and I said 'No, no chance, I need to make a break now'. Even my wife knew, if Liverpool is calling, I go.
"When Liverpool called, I had no chance. It was actually too early for my plans. I said, 'Wow, come on!'
"But then coming here and feeling the spirit immediately, it was just, for me, a match in heaven."
All eyes on Anfield this weekend. pic.twitter.com/y4vDaL31mL— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 13, 2018
Liverpool are on a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions and host undefeated Premier League leaders Manchester City in a mouth-watering Premier League clash on Sunday.
Klopp's men were beaten 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September, but were only 1-0 down and causing Pep Guardiola's side plenty of problems before Sadio Mane was sent off for catching City goalkeeper Ederson with a high boot.
That incident and the subsequent result had a shaping influence on both team's seasons, according to Klopp, whose side are fourth and 18 points behind City.
"When I think about the game on Sunday, I cannot forget the first we played against them," he added. "It changed the season for City in a positive way and gave us a little knock for a few days and weeks.
"That was unlucky, it was an open game. Nobody cares about that anymore but it's the truth. We got a red card, which was the worst place in world football to be one down - wow! No chance that day."
|Philander hails ´phenomenal talent´ Ngidi|
|Stokes to join England squad after court appearance|
|Giants hire Shurmur as next head coach|
|Liverpool´s win over City feels like six months ago for Klopp|
|Swansea had to make ´Formula One´ Liverpool uncomfortable - Carvalhal|
|Smith unconvinced by Kohli leadership|
|Swansea City 1 Liverpool 0: Mawson ends Reds´ unbeaten run|
|Bucks fire Jason Kidd and seek ´fresh approach´|
|Juventus 1 Genoa 0: Douglas Costa goal closes the gap to leaders Napoli|
|Lingard knew Sanchez ´wanted to come Milly Rock with the mandem´|
|Wenger ecstatic with ´committed and focused´ Mkhitaryan after Sanchez swap|
|Sanchez on United move: I needed to feel loved|
|Sanchez takes aim at his critics as he says his Arsenal goodbyes|
|Tiger returns to happy hunting ground at Torrey Pines|
|How will Alexis Sanchez compare to Manchester United´s post-Ferguson big deals?|
|Cardinals hire Panthers DC Steve Wilks as head coach|
|Gunning for a move - Sanchez the latest big name to quit underachieving Arsenal|
|Stoger wants speedy Aubameyang resolution as Arsenal circle|
|WATCH: See how Manchester United welcomed Sanchez|
|WATCH: Treatment-room footage of Ronaldo head wound released|
|Always my intention to stay - De Bruyne thrilled by new City deal|
|Inter snap up Rafinha on loan from Barcelona|
|Sanchez on Man Utd move: I am joining the biggest club in the world|
|The big debate: Who wins from the Sanchez-Mkhitaryan deal?|
|Mkhitaryan wants to ´create history´ after ´dream´ Arsenal move|
|Do Arsenal or Man Utd get the better deal? Sanchez v Mkhitaryan in Opta numbers|
|BREAKING NEWS: Root rested for Twenty20 Tri-Series|
|Manchester City reward De Bruyne with new five-year deal|
|Arsenal and Man Utd agree Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap|
|Slade concern for England|
|Spurs striker Kane voted England Men´s Player of the Year|
|Sainz Jr to take on Rallye Monte Carlo final stage|
|Beaten India proved we are best in the world - Shastri|
|Aubameyang behaviour ´unreal´, says Frankfurt boss Kovac|
|Chung can be a top-10 player, says beaten Djokovic|
|Van Persie: Feyenoord return a choice for continuity|
|Sri Lanka replace injured Kusal with Dhananjaya|
|Hamburg hire Hollerbach to replace Gisdol|
|New Bordeaux coach Poyet offered Malcom assurances|
|Rakip excited to link up with ´legend´ Hodgson at Crystal Palace|
|France replace Parra and Dulin with Serin and Bonneval|
|Halep coasts in Melbourne as Kerber fights back to reach last eight|
|O´Neill rejects Scotland to stay on as Northern Ireland boss|
|Cochrane replaces injured Turner in Scotland squad|
|Simeone: Atleti must seize early control against Sevilla|
|Tandy departs struggling Ospreys|
|It´s not great - Djokovic to assess options on injured elbow|
|Super Bowl LII: Three key match-ups between Eagles and Patriots|
|Vermaelen sidelined for two weeks|
|Silva ranks Man City star De Bruyne with Ronaldo among world´s best|
|Djokovic and Thiem stunned at Australian Open, Federer eases through|
|Strikers ease past Renegades to book home semi-final|
|Chung revels in victory over ´idol´ Djokovic|
|Former England captain Armfield dies aged 82|
|Suffering Djokovic dumped out of Australian Open by Chung|
|Robinho set to join Sivasspor|
|´I don´t know if this is a dream´ - Sandgren stunned as remarkable run continues|
|Van Persie´s Feyenoord return ´beautiful and special´|
|Kepa pens new Athletic Bilbao deal amid Madrid speculation|
|I had pain everywhere - Halep determined to battle injury|
|PSG star Mbappe holds no grudge against Lopes after Lyon collision|
|Messi makes football better, says beaten Real Betis goalkeeper|
|Federer relishing Berdych reunion at Australian Open|
|Goretzka accepts vitriol from Schalke fans after Bayern move|
|What am I getting for my birthday? Arsenal-bound Mkhitaryan celebrates with Pogba|
|Halep sails into quarters after overpowering Osaka|
|Ince: Sanchez snubbed City because United are miles bigger|
|Federer sets up another Berdych showdown|
|Black Caps cruise past Pakistan in first T20|
|Bale: Madrid will get back to their best|