Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that he regrets not being able to sign Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min in his managerial career. The German boss is a big fan of the South Korean forward, who won the Premier League golden boot last season.
Jurgen Klopp Regrets Not Being Able to Sign ‘Fantastic’ Son Heung-min
Klopp’s Comments on Son
Speaking about the Spurs forward in an interview with South Korean outlet KBS News, Klopp said: “One of the biggest mistakes in my life is not signing Son Heung-min. He is fantastic, a sign of Korean football and one of the best strikers in the world.”
He also spoke a little bit about Son’s availability for the FIFA World Cup, after he got injured in his side’s final Champions League group stage game against Marseille last week. Klopp added: “From what I hear, he’s in good shape. Maybe if Son Heung-min plays in the World Cup wearing a mask, there will be no problem.”
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The Liverpool manager appears to be really fond of the Tottenham forward, who signed a long-term deal with Spurs last year. He also shared the Golden Boot award with Mohamed Salah last season after scoring 23 goals. In doing so, Son also became the first Asian footballer in history to win such an award, helping improve his reputation as one of the world’s best forwards.
Jürgen Klopp on Son Heung-Min: "One of the biggest mistakes in my life was not signing him. Outstanding, world-class, one of the best strikers in the world." pic.twitter.com/KXY5i71KaP
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Son’s Difficult Start to New Season Under Conte
After enjoying a prolific campaign last time around, the South Korean forward has had a difficult start to the 2022/23 campaign under Antonio Conte. He’s only scored five goals in 19 appearances, which itself came in the two games against Eintracht Frankfurt (where he netted a brace) and his hattrick heroics against Leicester City in September.
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Apart from that, he hasn’t scored any goals and looked weary by the positional changes from Antonio Conte this season. Son will hope to recover from his eye injury soon and get ready for the World Cup, where his national team will desperately need him after being placed in a tough group alongside Portugal, Ghana and Uruguay.