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Ilkay Gundogan tells the story of when Jurgen Klopp shouted ‘Do whatever the f*** you want to do’

Ilkay Gundogan tells the story of when Jurgen Klopp shouted ‘Do whatever the f*** you want to do’

Gundogan’s Klopp story

Ilkay Gundogan sat down to conduct an interview this week, in which he explained the story of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – who was then in charge of Borussia Dortmund, and therefore Gundogan himself – totally losing it with the German international over a missing text message.

Gundogan first provided the context of the story.

“It was in my second season at Dortmund. We were trailing in the Bundesliga, but we had a shot at the Champions League. The staff had this rule that if you felt bad before a training session, you had to report it to the team doctor. That way we would avoid injuries, and Jürgen would know that you might not be able to train,” he said.

“So one morning I woke up and felt my hamstring a bit. Did I have a muscle problem, or was I just tired? I couldn’t tell. “

“I probably should have texted the doctor. But I thought, ‘It’s probably gonna be alright.'”

“Like always, I came to the training ground an hour before the session started. And just to be sure, I asked the doctor to take a look at my hamstring.”

Doctor: “The muscle feels a bit tight. Why didn’t you text us?”

IG: “Don’t worry, I can train. It’s not a problem.”

Doctor: “I have to let the boss know. We can’t take any risks.”

Ilkay Gundogan

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Enter Jurgen Klopp

Gundogan explained that as soon as Klopp entered the room, he knew he was in trouble.

JK: “What’s going on?”

IG: “I just feel my hamstring a bit, but it’s O.K. I can train.”

JK: “Why didn’t you text us? You know about the rule.”

IG: “Yeah, but I’m fine, honestly.”

“I was trying to find a way out of it, even though I knew I was wrong. Jürgen kept saying that we couldn’t take any risks. I kept saying that I could train,” said Gundogan, before Klopp saw red.


“Then he slammed the door behind him,” said the midfielder.

Klopp and Gotze

MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 12: Mario Goetze (R) of Muenchen and Juergen Klopp, head coach of Dortmund shake hands prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 12, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Gundogan went on to add that as soon as he went out to warm up, Klopp’s mood had changed.

JK: “My friend, do you know why I was so angry?”

“I said nothing….” said Gundogan.

JK: “I just care about you. And I don’t want you to get injured.”

The German international admitted that he accepted that this was just the open and honest person that Klopp was.

Gundogan of course now faces Klopp each season as an opponent. Playing under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he takes on Liverpool and his former mentor.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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