Klopp: Liverpool can't sign Zlatan because of his United past
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Jurgen Klopp says Zlatan Ibrahimovic's spell at Manchester United precludes Liverpool from making a move for the outspoken Swede.

The veteran striker, 38, announced earlier this week that he's leaving the LA Galaxy after a prolific two-year spell in Major League Soccer. His announcement - made in classic Ibrahimovic fashion - has led to countless rumors over his future, with a handful of clubs thought to be suitors.

However, the Reds won't be one of them, according to Klopp.

"If he hadn't played for Manchester United, then we might have considered him," Klopp told Swedish outlet Sportbladet, as translated by ESPN.

"But I'm not even sure he would have wanted to play here - we're a pretty intense team," the German bench boss joked.

"With that said, I couldn't have had more respect for Zlatan. I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence.

"While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway. He's a fantastic character and I really hope he doesn't stop playing football. The world would miss him too much."

While a return to the Premier League seems unlikely for Ibrahimovic, a potential move back to Italy continues to gain traction.

AC Milan, Napoli, and Bologna have all been tipped as destinations, with the latter pair openly pining for the decorated star.

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