Borussia Dortmund fans on tour in the Transfer Tavern are enjoying the taste of true British ale whilst pondering what might have been if history took a different course in summer 2013.
That year saw Borussia Dortmund unexpectedly march to the Champions League final after claiming back-to-back Bundesliga titles, where they famously lost to German rivals Bayern Munich.
And the match is well remembered for Mario Gotze’s absence, as the attacking midfielder had already agreed a summer move to the Allianz Arena. That soon left then-Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp with the task of finding a long-term replacement for a fine young talent who had been central to his side’s successes.
And Klopp, now in charge of Liverpool, has revealed there were three options on his radar – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who eventually signed for the Black-Yellows, Kevin de Bruyne, now the star talent at Manchester City, and Tottenham’s attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The Danish international has been excellent since moving to White Hart Lane from Ajax and is impressing once again this season, notching up five goals and eight assists in 24 Premier League appearances to help Spurs claim third place in the table.
Speaking to Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet, as translated by The Daily Star, he said; “When I was in Dortmund we were very interested in Eriksen, but we had to choose between him, Mkhitaryan and De Bruyne.
“Christian Eriksen is a great player. Everyone would love to have him on their team. At that time we had three players, we went after – Henrikh Mkhitariyan, Kevin de Bruyne and Christian Eriksen. We scouted all three very intensely, but we knew we could only get one. We were happy to get Mkhitaryan.
“Since then, Christian Eriksen has taken a great step at Tottenham. He’s very strong. Would I try and buy him now? No, we would not act in that way towards Tottenham.”
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