Life Turned Disastrous Under Jurgen Klopp - MkhitaryanManchester United midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed what it looked like during his time working under Jurgen Klopp that descended into “disaster”.
Dortmund paid £23.6m to sign the Armenian from Shakhtar Donetsk as replacement for Mario Gotze who had left for rivals Bayern Munich following the club’s run to the Champions League final and during Klopp’s final two years, Mkhitaryan would be the first choice No.10.
However, the 27-year old managed just three goals in his second season, with Dortmund at one point being stuck in a relegation fight after impressing in his debut campaign - scoring nine goals and registering 10 assists as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern.
Now Mkhitaryan has spoken of his struggles in his second season under Klopp.
“It was a very hard period for me. The first season was O.K, but the second season was a disaster, not only for me, but also for the club,” said Mkhitaryan, writing for The Players’ Tribune.
“We were losing so much, and I felt like I was having no luck. Not only was I not scoring, but I was not assisting, which is very unlike me. I had been signed for a lot of money, and I put a lot of pressure on myself.
“I had many hard nights in my apartment in Dortmund, all alone, just thinking and thinking. I didn’t want to go outside, even to have dinner.”
After Klopp’s departure, Mkhitaryan was handed a new lease of life in the North Rhine, being named Bundesliga Player of the Season last term.
He scored 11 goals and registered 20 assists as an uber-attacking Dortmund lineup finished in the top two once again, and Mkhitaryan says his success and subsequent move to Manchester United is simply down to Thomas Tuchel.