'Jurgen Klopp worries me' - says Alex Ferguson on new Liverpool manager
Published 07/12/2015 | 13:22
Alex Ferguson has admitted he is worried by the impact Jurgen Klopp will have at Liverpool.
Despite the weekend defeat to Newcastle United, former Manchester United manager Ferguson has seen enough of Klopp to believe he will rejuvenate his old team’s great rivals.
Asked about Klopp at the TechCrunch event in London, Ferguson said: “I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us.
“He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing. Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him. That’s class, that. And the work he did at Dortmund.
“I know him quite well from the coaching seminars. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge. Things are looking up there.”
Klopp has already won over the English media and Ferguson believes that is half the battle for managers, admitting he used to splash his face with cold water before facing the press.
“You have to win twice on a Saturday,” said Ferguson. “You have to win the game and you have to win the press conference. Some managers fail, simply because they lack experience or they’re emotional.
“You have to gather yourself. I used to wash my face before a press conference. Sometimes you’re forced to go to the press conference immediately and you have to be thinking quickly about how you deal with it. It’s an important part.
“You have to give a message to your fans because they’re watching. They want to see their manager come out with a positive attitude and not a beaten man.
“Time and again you see coaches come out a beaten man after a few difficult questions about how the team played and why they lost.
“I tended to waffle a bit when there was a difficult question to make sure my thinking was right. You’ve got to handle the press. It’s a very difficult part of it.”
Ferguson steered clear of giving an opinion about United manager Louis van Gaal, but claimed he still enjoys watching his old club despite accusations the team are boring.
“It’s great watching Manchester United,” said Ferguson. “It’s a fantastic football club. There’s always romance about them.
“Something always happens. It’s always a topic. I always said to the players when we lost ‘Are you enjoying the front pages today?’ Lose a game and it was the front page. Win a game and it was the back page, maybe.
“There’s no anxiety for me - only when we’re playing Manchester City or Liverpool! I enjoy it. There’s no point killing myself about the outcome. You’ve got to trust the way they’re handling it. Fine, no problem for me.”