Jurgen Klopp is widely regarded as one of the top man-managers in the world, having developed a number of players into global superstars.
Klopp had several young players who he developed into world-class players during his first years as manager of Borussia Dortmund. This enabled him to change Dortmund's fortunes, as he led the club to back-to-back league wins in 2011 and 2012, as well as the German Cup in 2012.
Even at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp developed world-class players like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, and Trent-Alexander Arnold. Liverpool won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, and the Premier League for the first time in 30 years as a result of this.
Some of these superstars had to be let go by Jurgen Klopp.
It's no wonder that some of his players are performing at such a high level that it has piqued the curiosity of a number of Europe's best teams. Some of the players had their contract release provisions met, while others had submitted a transfer request to depart the club. As a result, Jurgen Klopp had no choice but to allow these players to leave.
Without further ado, here are the five superstars that Jurgen Klopp was forced to part ways with:
1. Robert Lewandowski
Without a question, Robert Lewandowski is the biggest superstar Jurgen Klopp has let go during his management career.
In 2010, Lewandowski arrived at Signal Iduna Park as a promising 22-year-old from Poland with a plethora of skills. In his rookie season, he was only used as a replacement for Lucas Barrios as Dortmund won the Bundesliga.
Under Jurgen Klopp, the teenager showed a lot of promise and immediately established himself as a first-team regular. In 2012, he played a key role in the team's 'domestic double,' scoring 30 goals across all competitions.
Despite the fact that Dortmund failed to win any major trophies following that, and even lost in the Champions League final, the striker continued to dazzle everyone. He played a major role in Jurgen Klopp's heavy-metal football at Dortmund, scoring 103 goals and assisting 42 times in 187 games.
Soon after, his performances drew the interest of a slew of large clubs around Europe, and in 2014, the forward joined fierce rivals Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp's side struggled to a seventh-place finish the next season as a result of his absence.
Lewandowski, on the other hand, has had enormous success at the Allianz Arena, winning multiple trophies and scoring 307 goals in the process. He's still going hot in front of goal, and he's undoubtedly Europe's most dangerous striker right now.
2. Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho had grown into one of the best attacking midfielders in the world under Jurgen Klopp, and fans were distraught when he left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018 for a record £140 million.
Coutinho has been a target for the Catalans for some time, and they had even made an earlier approach, which was turned down. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were forced to let the Brazilian go after he submitted a transfer request.
As a result, Coutinho moved to Liverpool in January 2018, although the deal hasn't gone as planned. In his first full season at the club, the midfielder only managed five goals and two assists, resulting in him being loaned out to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 season.
Before returning the next season, he enjoyed a decent run with the Bavarians, scoring twice off the bench to knock his original club out of the Champions League.
Injuries, on the other hand, have taken their toll, and Coutinho hasn't looked like himself in Spain.
3. Mario Gotze
Jurgen Klopp was also obliged to let go of Mario Gotze, a product of Borussia Dortmund's development academy. After the Bavarians invoked his €37 million release clause only hours before Dortmund's Champions League semi-finals, the German joined Bayern Munich amid much controversy.
In 2010-11 and 2011-12, Gotze was a key member of Jurgen Klopp's title-winning Dortmund team. Dortmund fans were understandably angry when the German opted to join their hated rivals.
Gotze stated that his desire to play for Pep Guardiola was the driving force behind his decision. Unfortunately, his manager's frequent experimenting and shuffling players around had a negative impact on the playmaker. As a result, Gotze spent the majority of his time on the bench, and things only got worse when Carlo Ancelotti came over and refused to play him.
Gotze eventually returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2016, following the departure of Jurgen Klopp. Following his return to the club, he had a difficult first two seasons, but his efforts in the 2018-19 season won him over.
Gotze is now playing his football at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands after leaving Dortmund on a free transfer last summer.
4. Georginio Wijnaldum
After failing to reach an agreement on a new deal with Liverpool, Georginio Wijnaldum became a free agent this summer and joined Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain.
Since joining Liverpool from Newcastle United in 2016, the Dutchman has been a key contributor. In back-to-back seasons, he was a key member of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League and the Premier League. During his five seasons at the club, the midfielder made 237 appearances in all competitions, scoring 22 goals and providing 16 assists.
Wijnaldum was an important member of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool defense. With his high pressing on the pitch, he was able to play as a pivot in midfield to offer support for the backline while also shining as a center midfielder. Wijnaldum was also known for his late and successful runs into the area, where he scored some crucial goals for the Reds.
As PSG looks to win their first Champions League trophy this season, the midfielder will be looking for similar success.
5. Nuri Sahin
Nuri Sahin joined Borussia Dortmund in 2001 and made his senior debut four years later, at the age of 16, becoming the Bundesliga's youngest player. The midfielder was then loaned out to Feyenoord before returning to Dortmund and establishing himself as a key member of Jurgen Klopp's squad.
Sahin was named Bundesliga Player of the Year after helping Borussia Dortmund win the Bundesliga title in 2010-11.
As a result, Real Madrid approached the Turkey international. Jurgen Klopp's side were resigned to losing the midfielder after Los Blancos activated his €10 million release clause and the player himself expressed his desire to leave.
When he arrived at the Bernabeu, though, Sahin was hampered by injuries and was unable to remove Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira from the centre of the pitch.
With the arrival of Luka Modric in 2012, Sahin was loaned to Liverpool, but he struggled to make an impression, and his loan was cut short in January.
Sahin was later loaned back to Dortmund, where Jurgen Klopp was still in charge. When he returned to the Westfalenstadion, he rediscovered his form, helping Dortmund reach the Champions League final in 2013. As a result, the club decided to make his move permanent.
Sahin stayed with Dortmund for four more years, although his second stint with the club was marred by injury, despite some positive moments. The 33-year-old is now playing for Antalyaspor in Turkey.
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