I made Jurgen Klopp cry after deciding Manchester United were bigger than Liverpool

« He now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United on the left wing.

“My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes.

« He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw. »

There aren’t too many Manchester United players Jurgen Klopp would rave about, but back in 2013 it was a very different story.

Long before the charismatic German went on to rile United supporters with his restoration of the red half of Merseyside he was making waves in his homeland, with an exciting Borussia Dortmund side who had knocked Bayern Munich off their perch.

Central to that team was the attacking talents of Robert Lewandowski, but arguably the greater force was the unassuming playmaker pulling the strings behind him: Shinji Kagawa.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Kagawa started playing football at the age of five, going through the ranks of his local youth sides before he was talent-spotted by Cerezo Osaka at the age of 17.

He’d spend four years at Cerezo and rise to prominence in 2009 when he finished as the top-scorer in the J League 2, the second flight of national football in his homeland.

“After one demonstration, he joins in as if he’s known the language forever. Of course, we know he doesn’t speak the language, but it isn’t a problem.

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