Gundogan recalls Klopp’s X-rated rant that exposed different side to boss

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has recalled a furious Jurgen Klopp slamming a door in his face during an outburst at German club Borussia Dortmund.

The heated incident occurred during the 2012/13 season after Gundogan refused to sit out of a training session while carrying a hamstring problem.

The now Liverpool boss was furious with his compatriot as he didn't want his players to risk injury and potentially blow the club's shot at winning the Champions League that season.

Gundogan told the Players Tribune: "I once managed to make Jurgen Klopp angry. Like, really angry. 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 Jurgen would know that you might not be able to train.

"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."

The doctor told Gundogan that he couldn't train and that Klopp had to be informed, which is when the fireworks occurred.

He added: "Jurgen came in and he was not happy. I was trying to find a way out of it, even though I knew I was wrong. Jurgen kept saying that we couldn’t take any risks. I kept saying that I could train.

"And then he snapped. You know when he gets these intense eyes and grits his teeth? He gave me that look and shouted, 'DO WHATEVER THE F*** YOU WANT TO DO!' Then he slammed the door behind him."

Gundogan learnt a valuable lesson in communication following the episode, and ultimately the outburst had no damaging effects on the pair's relationship.

Later in the day Klopp approached the midfielder and put his arm around him before explaining he was so angry because he didn't want to see the German suffer an unnecessary injury.

"I was shocked," said Gundogan. "We had had this fight, and now he was talking to me the way a father might talk to his son. Jurgen taught me a lesson that day: Always try to be honest. Both with others and yourself."

Gundogan went on to reach the Champions League final with Klopp's Dortmund that season but they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich.

Klopp then left the club two years later to join Liverpool in 2015, while Gundogan departed for City in 2016.

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