FSG chief John Henry explains ‘most exciting phone call’ he ever received in Liverpool

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John W Henry detailed the first conversation Fenway Sports Group had about his pursuit of Jurgen Klopp, describing it as “one of the most exciting phone calls” he has ever received. After establishing himself as one of the continent’s highest-rated coaches, Liverpool owners FSG were keen to speak to Klopp when they sacked manager Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.

Klopp finally took charge of the Reds languishing in the middle of the table in the Premier League and immediately set about restoring the club to former glories.

After reaching the League Cup and Europa League finals in his debut season, Klopp went on to qualify for the Champions League in 2017 before finally winning the biggest club competition in June of Last year.

The German followed up with a UEFA Super Cup and Liverpool’s first ever Club World Cup in December last year before ending a 30-year wait for a domestic title in June.

Klopp’s first conversations with the owners of Liverpool, FSG, took place in New York City, at the offices of the Manhattan law firm, Shearman and Sterling, and Henry described how elated he was when he heard for the first time the manager was ready to discuss the terms.

In a BBC documentary titled ‘Liverpool FC: The 30 Years of Waiting’ Henry explains when he first realized Klopp’s tactical sense as Borussia Dortmund boss and how happy he was to be able to attract the coach to Anfield.

“I first discovered Jurgen when I was still really a football student and thought that’s the type of football I want to play,” says Henry. “I think they called it ‘heavy metal football’.

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« [FSG president] Mike Gordon called me one day and said, “We’re going to have a chance to meet Jurgen in New York. ”

“For me, it was one of the most exciting phone calls I have received in our ten years with the club.

“He’s a tall man with a big heart and an incredible passion for doing things right.

“The Premier League is the toughest league in the world to win and the toughest challenge I’ve ever taken on. ”

In the 90-minute documentary, which airs on Sunday night, Henry also talks about the disappointment of the 2018 Champions League when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid.

A Gareth Bale wonders on either side of the mistakes Loris Karius took to the Reds in their first European Cup final in 11 years and the American revealed how Klopp helped boost morale following the loss to the Spanish giants in Kiev.

He added: “It’s so hard to get to this point [of a Champions League final] and if you can’t win the final, especially the way we lost it, that was tough.

“But I remember Jurgen saying at the time that we would come back. We would come back and [he would be] damn if it wasn’t. ”

Liverpool FC: The 30 Year Wait airs on BBC 2 at 9 p.m. on Sunday August 30

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