Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool were interested in signing Jadon Sancho before his Bundesliga move but Manchester City would not deal with English rivals.
Teenager Sancho is excelling for Borussia Dortmund following an £8 million transfer in 2017, one of several highly-rated English players switching to the Bundesliga for regular football.
Klopp believes the recent exodus has more to do with the idiosyncrasies of the English transfer system than German concerns about their Academy graduates.
“Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho,” said Klopp.
“We are not blind. We saw him, we liked him and then we think, ‘Can we get him?’ No, because English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs. I don’t know exactly what the reason is for that but they don’t do it.”