Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has expressed confidence that Jurgen Klopp's appointment as the new manager of Liverpool will not lead to any approaches for his former players. The charismatic 48-year-old was unveiled as successor to Brendan Rodgers on a three-and-half-year deal last week following a short sabbatical, with media reports now beginning to link a number of BVB's top assets with potential moves to Anfield.
Ilkay Gundogan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the latter of whom has scored 10 goals in all competitions already this season, are just two targets according to the latest transfer speculation cited by the Liverpool Echo. teammates such as Mats Hummels and Marco Reus may also be of interest.
While Klopp's popular reputation and habit of cultivating positive working relationships with playing personnel could certainly work in his favour as he bids to shape a team capable of living up to the target of winning the Premier League title at least once over the next four years, Watzke believes his affection for Dortmund is too great to deplete their resources.
"Jurgen would never do anything that would damage BVB's interests," he told told Bild am Sonntag, as reported by Goal. "I am 100% 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."
Klopp was a huge success during his seven-year stint at Dortmund, battling the might of Bayern Munich to bring two Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal to Signal Iduna Park, as well as reaching the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013. Such an impressive record has led to much excitement on Merseyside that the German could be the man to get the club back in a position to challenge for regular silverware.
"This is a great move for both Jurgen and Liverpool," Watzke added. He can get them back to greatness. We don't even have to talk about that. I am convinced that he will be as successful at Liverpool as he was at Dortmund."
Despite the hefty expectations attached to Klopp's arrival in English football, the man himself insists that altering Liverpool's playing style is the only target he has been set for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign. He also claims that the prospect of spending during the January transfer window is not currently on his mind.
He said: "I spoke to the people in charge of the club at length. [There are no targets for this season], just simply to play football with a recognisable brand. Whether there is money to spend in January or not doesn't interest me. We are only in October and I don't even know how many games we've got until the transfer window opens and therefore we will have a look at the players at our disposal first."