John W Henry explains 2015 Jurgen Klopp phone call before Liverpool arrival

John W Henry's decision to nab Jurgen Klopp during his sabbatical in 2015 proved to be a masterstroke.

And the American owner has explained the first phone call he received regarding the German after the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool went all out to land Klopp, who on holiday at the time, with Henry and Mike Gordon discussing a meeting in New York.

“I first found out about Jurgen when I was still really a student of the game and thinking that is the type of football I want to play," he said in a BBC documentary titled 'Liverpool FC: The 30 Year Wait'.

“I think they called it the 'heavy-metal football'.

“[FSG president] Mike Gordon called me one day and said: 'We're going to have a chance to meet with Jurgen in New York'.

“To me that was one of the most exciting phone calls I've gotten during the 10 years that we have been with the club.

“He's a large man with a large heart and an incredible passion for doing things the right way.

“The Premier League is the most difficult league in the world to win and the most difficult challenge that I have ever faced.”

And Klopp also recalls the phone call well – mainly because it messed up his holiday plans.

"We were on holiday in Lisbon and I got a call from my agent.

"He told me about the interest of Liverpool. So our plans at that moment looked completely different actually, because we wanted to make more holidays!

"And then I told my family and my boys were immediately like "yes!".

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"I looked in Ulla's eyes and she was 'er, when?'

"When you make such a big promise like I did when I left Dortmund, that we were going to have a year to ourselves, and after four months you come around the corner with different plans… you have to ask at least.

"I was pretty much on fire from the first second really, they didn't have to convince me."

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