Klopp chooses Liverpool flop as one player he’d like a second chance with

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp does not have many regrets from his coaching career after experiencing success in England and Germany.

The German won the Premier League in 2019-20 with the Reds and the Bundesliga twice in his time at Borussia Dortmund.

The 54-year-old has often demonstrated he is able to strike a genuine bond with his players at the clubs he works at — and his time with Mainz was no different.

Klopp has worked with some spectacular players in his time as a coach, helping Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski become the stars they are today.

He also signed Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah when he arrived at Anfield in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

But when he was quizzed by his former club Mainz's YouTube channel, Klopp made a surprise revelation that would have surprised Liverpool fans.

In particular, he was asked which Mainz player he would have cherry-picked if he had a second chance to sign them.

Klopp calmly replied: "Andriy Voronin."

When elaborating on his answer, the 54-year-old explained that Voronin was talented beyond his knowledge with the German club when he played at the side between 2000 and 2003.

But Klopp revealed he was left on the bench because he did not express his dissatisfaction about not playing.

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“If Andriy had known just one day in his life how good he could have been, it would have been absolutely amazing," he added.

"Andriy was an incredible player, an incredible talent.

"Actually, I was a little unfair. In my first year as coach, I think my first full season as coach especially, I would always only sub him on.

"And then Andriy came to my room during the training camp and asked, 'Kloppo, why do I never start?'

"I said, 'Do you want the honest answer?' He said, 'Yes.' So I said, 'Because you don't complain when you don't start!’

"He replied, 'Fair enough!' And he carried on not starting."

The Ukrainian signed for Liverpool on a free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in 2007 by former boss Rafa Benitez and went on to make 40 appearances, scoring six goals.

He was sold to Dinamo Moscow for £4million in 2010 and eventually hung up his boots in 2014.

Now 42, Voronin — who won 75 caps for his country — can be found on the coaching team of the Russian Premier League outfit after joining as an assistant to Sandro Schwarz in 2020.

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