Hans-Joachim Watzke gives reassurances over Klopp's Liverpool transfer plans

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Hans-Joachim Watzke has assured Borussia Dortmund fans that Jurgen Klopp won't be poaching their players.

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Bild that new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won't be making any approaches for the club's players.

Klopp was a hero during his time in charge of Dortmund, winning two Bundesliga titles and taking the club to the Champions League final in 2013.

However, the 48-year-old chose to leave Signal Iduna Park at the end of last season, and he has already found his new challenge, having taken the job at Liverpool.

Klopp was appointed as Liverpool boss on Thursday evening following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, and Reds fans are certainly excited about his arrival - and reports have already linked Klopp with a swoop for one of his former Dortmund stars.

The Sun believe that centre back Neven Subotic - who worked with Klopp at both Mainz and Dortmund - is a top target for Klopp, with Liverpool still looking for defensive reinforcements.

Now though, Dortmund CEO Watzke has told Bild that Klopp wouldn't try to poach any of Dortmund's players, due to his affinity with the club.

"Jurgen would never do anything that would damage BVB's interests," said Watzke. "I am 100 per cent certain about that. He would never approach any players behind our back. We are simply too close for things like that to happen. We have been through too much together," he added.

This may seem familiar to Liverpool fans, given that Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins gave a similar speech to talkSPORT back in 2012 when Rodgers left the Swans for Anfield.

Jenkins stated that Rodgers couldn't buy any Swansea players for a year, but just weeks later, midfielder Joe Allen followed Rodgers from the Liberty Stadium to Merseyside, even after Jenkins' firm warning about selling his key players.

That may give Liverpool fans hope that they can snap up some Dortmund stars under Klopp, but Watzke seems convinced that his relationship with Klopp will help keep most of the Dortmund squad in tact.

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