The superstar Armenian was Brendan Rodgers’ number one summer target…
Borussia Dortmund’s charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp has discussed signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of Liverpool during the summer, reports HTC Sport.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers earmarked the attacking midfielder as his priority transfer target over the summer, and was close to securing a £25m deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for his signature.
Dortmund beat Liverpool to his signature though, thanks to the offer of Champions League football, and Klopp has admitted that a few years ago there’s no way the Bundesliga side would have been able to beat the Premier League giants to the deal.
“A few years ago it would be impossible to get him in this battle with Liverpool, but Mikhi wanted to come to us,” Klopp said.
“He likes our style of football.”
Mkhitaryan has scored three goals and registered two assists in seven Bundesliga outings so far, helping his new side to second place in the table, a point of Bayern Munich.
His technical skill, and ability to arrive late into the box would have benefited Liverpool greatly, who have struggled creatively since Coutinho picked up an injury against Swansea early in the season. Although the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez is practically winning the Reds points all on its own, funds for an acquisition of another attacking player could well be made available in January.