Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes the smartest move would have been to leave the club over the summer with his reputation at its peak, but he is not that kind of person.
So few managers leave a club with their reputation in check, on a high note and Klopp knows that would have been the perfect opportunity to do so.
He had no intention of doing so, though, suggesting that he is not smart enough to make such a sensible decision.
‘If I would have been a really smart person I would have left in the summer,’ Klopp told BT Sport.
‘It would have been really positive what people would have said, but unfortunately I’m not that smart! I don’t know, it’s really not about me.’
Klopp left Dortmund after something of a downturn in their fortunes, but also having done a superb job at the club, winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching a Champions League final.
He wants to leave Liverpool, eventually, with the same goodwill he left Dortmund, although cannot promise how much success he will achieve before then.
‘When I used that phrase [‘it doesn’t matter what people say about you when you arrive, but what they say when you leave’] it was specifically about the Dortmund farewell because people were positive when I arrived there and they were positive when I left there in the right manner,’ he said.
‘So that’s all good and if that happens, whenever it will be, I will be fine with that. What we can win between now and then, I have no idea, but I can promise we will try everything.’
Klopp’s contract at Anfield runs until 2024 and he is extremely unlikely to leave before that time, but whether he stays longer is yet to be seen.