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Brendan Rodgers wanted Leipzig opponent Kevin Kampl in 2014 but Jurgen Klopp got him instead


Brendan Rodgers wanted Leipzig opponent Kevin Kampl in 2014 but Jurgen Klopp got him instead

Celtic take on RB Leipzig and Slovenian international Kevin Kampl tomorrow.

Celtic take on RB Leipzig in the Europa League tomorrow night. The Bhoys are looking for a crucial result in Germany, with a potential win taking them into pole position for qualification to the next round.

Brendan Rodgers will have to stop a player that he once wanted to sign from firing if Celtic are to pull off a result.


In 2014, it was reported by Winner Sports that Liverpool were keen on the signature of Kevin Kampl.

The report claimed Rodgers wanted the Slovenian at Anfield after showcasing his form with Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. The move certainly seemed to make sense, considering Kampl’s style of play and Liverpool’s desire to bring in top young talent.

(GERMANY OUT) 16.04.2015, Fussball, Saison 2014/2015, 1. Bundesliga, Training Borussia Dortmund, Trainer Juergen Klopp, Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), li., mit Kevin Kampl (Borussia Dortmund) (Photo by Team 2 Sportphoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

However, the summer passed with Kampl deciding he wanted to stay in Austria. However, he did make a move in the winter. In the December of 2014, he agreed to join Borussia Dortmund, being signed by Rodgers’ eventual replacement at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp.

It turned out to be a flop deal and Kampl was sold after just six months to Bayer Leverkusen. Since last summer he has been firing for RB Leipzig. He has captained the club this season and has five assists from 14 appearances. Celtic will need to prevent him from running the game if they are to get the best of the Bundesliga side this week. Rodgers will hope the man he once tried to sign does not showcase the sort of form that peaked his interest.

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