KEY POINTS

  • Jurgen Klopp was "surprised" that Cristiano Ronaldo would want to leave Juventus
  • The German manager would have been interested to see Ronaldo wearing a Manchester City unifrom
  • Ronaldo starred in his club's win over Newcastle United this weekend, scoring two goals

The football world celebrated the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford this weekend when they faced Newcastle United at home, but Jurgen Klopp is one of the few who are not happy with the move.

Liverpool’s German manager revealed to Sky Sports that he was surprised that the Portuguese decided to leave Juventus during the recently concluded transfer window.

“I was surprised, not about [Manchester] United, him going in there in the end, but when I first heard the rumours about him wanting to leave Juventus. I had no idea about that,” said Klopp.

“I am not in the Juventus circle when people inform me from time to time about what is going on there, so I was surprised about that.”

Klopp thought that Manchester United seeing Ronaldo in a Manchester City uniform would have been a rollercoaster of emotions for the Old Trafford side.

"He was going to [Manchester] City and I thought 'oh, that could be fun for [Manchester] United' and then, obviously, [Manchester] United stepped in and did it.”

Klopp was referring to when transfer guru Fabrizio Romano and other outlets reported that Manchester City was "100 percent" going to sign Ronaldo.

All signs pointed towards Ronaldo joining the Etihad Stadium side, but Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand were among the many Red Devils personalities to convince Ronaldo otherwise.

"It's all fine. It's a free world and they can do what they want,” said Klopp.

Manchester United had one of their best transfer windows in recent memory after signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, only to cap it off with Ronaldo’s return.

The 36-year-old Portuguese had a successful outing at Old Trafford after he scored two goals in their 4-1 win over Newcastle United last weekend.

Ronaldo was the first to score as his tap-in goal in stoppage time at the end of the first half sent Old Trafford fans in a frenzy.

He scored his second goal at the 62nd minute to give them back the lead after Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo got one past David de Gea six minutes earlier.

Liverpool will get to face their long-time rivals when they visit Old Trafford on October 24.

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