Report: Tottenham missed out on Jurgen Klopp in 2014 - but surely few would swap Pochettino now

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly made moves to land Jurgen Klopp in 2014.

Manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media during the Liverpool FC Press Conference at Anfield on August 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur were one of the clubs to have made an approach for Jurgen Klopp before he decided to make the move to Liverpool.

Klopp, 50, built up a huge reputation for himself at Borussia Dortmund, building the club back to its former glories in a superb seven-year spell, in which he won the Bundesliga title twice and even guided the club to the 2013 Champions League final.

The German's reign eventually petered out in 2015, and his departure made him one of the most in-demand managers in Europe – but he waited for the right opportunity, joining Liverpool in October 2015.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts after winning the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on...

Klopp's reign at Anfield has split opinion thus far; whilst his charisma, passion and high-pressing style of football have made him popular, Liverpool are still showing immense defensive frailties, leaving him with a win rate of just over 50%.

Now, the Daily Mail report that Klopp actually had other offers from English clubs before heading to Anfield, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all allegedly enquiring about his services.

United reportedly wanted Klopp – whilst still with Dortmund –after David Moyes' departure in 2014, whilst rivals City were believed to have made an approach in late 2014, despite Manuel Pellegrini's Premier League title win just months earlier.

Tottenham's approach presumably came after Tim Sherwood's exit after the 2013-14 season, but Klopp didn't leave Dortmund, instead only heading to England over a year later to join Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

Landing a coup in Klopp at that time would have been a huge signal of intent for Spurs, but fans may now feel that Tottenham actually got the better end of the deal by appointing Mauricio Pochettino instead.

Whilst Klopp continues to struggle in terms of improving his defence and turning Liverpool into legitimate title contenders, the same can't be said for Pochettino and his well-oiled machine at Spurs.

Once brittle at the back, Spurs are arguably the Premier League's most impressive defensive outfit, whilst Pochettino has turned them not only into title contenders, but also a force in Europe with their recent win over Real Madrid – and whilst most would have taken Klopp at the time, few would swap Pochettino for him right now.

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