Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool football club from a mediocre mid-table side to European and English champions.
But it all so easily might not have happened – and in an alternate universe Liverpool are still waiting for that first Premier League title.
Back in 2013, Klopp was in high demand after achieving incredible success with Borussia Dortmund, including a Champions League final and two Bundesliga titles.
So it comes as no surprise that a number of clubs had the German on their radar – with one coming considerably close to signing him before Liverpool did.
And even when Liverpool execs tried to get in contact with Klopp, there was nearly a baffling blunder that could have immediately ended any hopes of him joining the club.
The Anfield faithful owe a debt of gratitude to Klopp's wife, a bumbling sales pitch from a rival Premier League team and a Skype call.
Manchester City and Tottenham showed interest in linking up with Klopp, but it was actually Manchester United who came tantalisingly close to securing his services.
Klopp gave serious consideration to joining Liverpool's historic rivals after an approach by Chief Executive Ed Woodward.
With David Moyes' ill-fated tenure in the United hotseat coming to an end, Woodward flew out to see Klopp in Germnay to discuss bring him to Old Trafford.
United saw Klopp as the man to pick up the reins and return the Red Devils to the exciting style they had became renowned for under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Woodward bizarrely told Klopp Old Trafford was "like an adult version of Disneyland, a mythical place where the entertainment was world class and dreams came true".
This didn't really impress Klopp, who told friends he found Woodward's pitch "unsexy", as revealed in his 2017 biography Bring the Noise.
Despite this, Klopp deliberated the move and met Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke to discuss his future.
"We first met in my kitchen," Watzke said. "It was an interesting talk. I think it made a difference because he said to me on the plane that we needed to talk again in the evening.
"I was due to have dinner with my daughter, who lived in Munich, so I could only see him at 10pm. He straightaway said: 'I can't deal with this pressure any more. I've turned them down'."
Insiders claimed Klopp had three meetings with Woodward, but eventually decided to stay in Germany for another year.
Klopp released a statement to confirm he would not be leaving Dortmund for Old Trafford due to the incessant media speculation in April 2014.
"Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans," it read.
"But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is unbreakable."
Klopp supposedly also turned down the top job at United because he "hated" how Woodward runs the club, according to Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.
The Reds idol revealed the German chief snubbed Woodward's advances due to the latter's obsession with money in October last year.
Fowler claimed that Klopp would rather manage a side with a good balance between business and identity – which is why he ultimately picked Liverpoo.
"I did an interview with him a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after Borussia Dortmund," the former England striker revealed.
"One of them was definitely Manchester United, the other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focused solely on commercial influences.
"He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the history and identity of the club and their fans."
Klopp backed himself to make Anfield great again, even without the riches of the super-elite in world football.
However, another major factor that stopped Klopp taking the United job was wife Ulla, who should be thanked by Liverpool fans.
Klopp's wife, who he met while she was working as a waitress at a bar during the Munich Oktoberfest, played a huge role in his career move.
Ulla persuaded her husband not to join United in 2013, according to former Reds defender Phil Thompson, because she felt it was the wrong move.
"I interviewed Klopp for Sky, and I asked if he and Liverpool were created for each other. He looked at me and asked 'Why?'," Liverpool legend Thompson told TV2 in Norway.
"Then Klopp told me he could have taken over Manchester United, but his wife said it wasn't right.
"When Liverpool arrived, his wife said it was right. There is something strange there. It is as if he's created for Liverpool."
After a sensational time at Dortmund, Klopp made the tough decision to leave the club in the summer of 2015.
After a four-month holiday, the German had planned to enhance his knowledge of the beautiful game away from the dugout.
But his agent, Marc Kosicke, received a call out of the blue from someone claiming to be Liverpool's then Chief Executive, Ian Ayre.
The call was to establish Klopp's availability, but Kosicke was not certain that it really was Ayre on the other end of the phone, according to JOE.
Therefore, a Skype call was set up to make sure it was not a joke and to discuss further details over Klopp spearheading an Anfield revival.
This successful video call led to a face-to-face meeting in New York with the Liverpool hierarchy.
Fenway Sports Group's principle owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon were enthralled by the German.
They had created a staggering 60-page dossier on Klopp's philosophy, player relationships, training style, media relations to establish if he was the right fit.
The secret meeting happened just three days before predecessor Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw with local rivals Everton.
Liverpool – Premier League champions
"I wanted to have one-year sabbatical," Klopp told JOE.
"The plan was to have four months of holiday, doing absolutely nothing, and then go to different places because when I became a manager, the day before that I was a player.
"Since then I’d worked constantly, so I never had the chance to travel around and look over the shoulder of any great managers in the world. I wanted to do that, but then again – new job and I couldn’t."
Klopp lived up to everything they had on file and more, so just a week later he put pen to paper on the contract that would finally bring him to England.
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