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Klopp rules out Premier League move

October 4, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld & ESPN staff

Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move to England, claiming that the Bundesliga is the most competitive and attractive league in Europe.

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Klopp, whose Borussia Dortmund side impressed in their 1-1 Champions League draw with Manchester City, was believed to have been a target for Liverpool before they appointed Brendan Rodgers in the summer.

The German had previously revealed an interest in managing in the Premier League, but this is no longer the case. He told Bild: "I think the paradise of football is actually the German Bundesliga.

"We have the most competitive and the most attractive league in Europe. It's the league with the tightest competition and with the best stadiums. The fans are great.

"Of course, England may be close to this. But that I am still dreaming about managing in England, this issue is over. That was something I was after when I started being a manager in the game."

Dortmund were left somewhere between pride and frustration after their finest European display since the 4-0 thrashing of AC Milan in 2002.

The German champions had dominated City on their own patch but were left with just one point to show for their hard work after Neven Subotic was controversially penalised for handball giving Mario Balotelli the opportunity to score a late penalty.

"It went up and down", said Subotic, "Both teams had many chances. It was a very intense game. At times it was a wild ride. And in the end it could have been 8-6 to us and this would still have been a fair result."

"I did not want to believe it," he added of the penalty decision. "The moment I realised it was a penalty, I was so sad. I thought I was in a nightmare and asked myself: 'What can I do? Cut my hands off? What can I do?' But it is too late when a penalty has been awarded. And for me it is hard to cope with that."

Marco Reus, who had put Dortmund into a deserved second-half lead, was disappointed with the draw: "It is bitter, we only drew. Everyone is very disappointed. But we have proven, we can compete in Europe. The group is still open, and we move on. Today gave us a lot of self-confidence, we have to take that from here and prove it against Real."

Dortmund's left-back Marcel Schmelzer added: "It's difficult to say how we really feel, as they got that penalty two minutes from time and I think we are more disappointed than pleased." With four points after two matches, BVB have already as many points as in last season's disastrous Champions League campaign and still have four games remaing - a fact that Jurgen Klopp was keen to underline post-match.

"We wanted to show a different side of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League to the one last year," he said. "It was a big step forward. We made quite an impression and showed that we can compete on this high level and may have even been the better team.

"After such a close finish it may take a while for the players to realise that it was a point won and not two dropped. Manchester City haven' been beaten at home for a long time, and today we came close to beating them. It was a deserved draw as City also had good chances. Aguero usually takes one of the two chances, and then it would have become more difficult for us."

Dortmund are up against Real Madrid at home in a fortnight and Ajax take on City.