Max Kruse has revealed he turned down the opportunity to join Liverpool this summer as he felt he would be happier at Fenerbahce.
The 31-year-old Germany international was available on a free transfer after his Werder Bremen contract expired at the end of last season.
Several clubs were interested in the forward after he scored 11 Bundesliga goals last season – with fellow countryman Klopp among his admirers.
Max Kruse decided to join Fenerbahce after leaving Werder Bremen on a free transfer
However, Kruse decided to reject overtures from his compatriot to instead plump for a move to Turkey.
Kruse, speaking to beIN SPORTS Turkey, said of Liverpool’s interest: ‘During the transfer period, I’ve received lots of offers and one of them was Liverpool.
‘But I decided to join Fenerbahce because I believe I will be very happy there. I spoke with a lot of players during that period and I am happy about my decision.’
Liverpool are yet to bolster their attacking options following Daniel Sturridge’s departure on a free transfer.
Klopp’s only two signings so far this summer have been PEC Zwolle defender Sepp van den Berg and Fulham starlet Harvey Elliott.
Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring Kruse to Anfield but the German decided to move elsewhere