JURGEN KLOPP reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear on Graham Norton’s famous sofa.
The charismatic German is flavour of the month, even outside the footballing realms, after guiding Liverpool to a sixth Champions League title.
And The Graham Norton Show, a popular Saturday night chat show, issued an invitation to Klopp, according to The Times.
The 51-year-old ‘politely declined’, the report says, with comedian and actor Stephen Fry taking his place.
Klopp explained that he was flattered but already committed to going on a post-season holiday.
And it was one the German deserved after his European champions came within a point of Premier League winners Man City.
Once Klopp and Co return from their holidays and regroup for next season, there will be some absentees.
Liverpool have released a total of nine players this summer.
Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno’s departures were announced last week with a further seven revealed on Saturday.
Klopp said: “The most important words to say to these two remarkable players is ‘thank you’.
“They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they – as much as anyone – helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction.
“Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.
“Albie is world class and I know he will be back in the Spain national team in the not too distant future.
“Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think.”