The Borussia Dortmund boss has voiced his admiration for the Argentine, saying he values the 26-year-old over Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck RiberyBorussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi would be his ideal signing.
The 46-year-old is a keen admirer of the talent of both Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo, who beat the Argentine to the Ballon d'Or last month.
However, he says that the Rosario native has made the biggest impression on him and would move for him if he had the resources.
"I would sign Messi," he is quoted as saying by Sport.
"I also love how Ribery and Ronaldo play, but what Messi does in the pitch is awesome. And he has improved over the years."
Klopp also spoke about his approach to coaching, saying his door is always open to players who want his advice.
"I’m a genuine team player actually. In the course of a day I do take a relatively large number of decisions, but fortunately I’ve assembled a team around me and I’m no longer forced to take all the decisions myself.
"Lots of expert eyes see more than just the two of mine. I don’t care much for being thought of as a hero. I like to treat my players as co-workers. Provided the team accepts this approach, it can work well.
"However, if any of my players was to start thinking he now had the right to debate line-ups or training drills with me he’d be making a fundamental error.
"What I say goes. But outside of training you can deal with me as you would with anyone else."