'Am I allowed to say I like Alex Ferguson?' - Jurgen Klopp happy to receive praise from former United boss
Whisper it - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a fan of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
Old Trafford legend Fergie was quoted in a German magazine singing the praises of Klopp and even alluded that the Anfield men could soon find themselves back on their perch after all those barren years when United, led by Ferguson, overhauled the Merseysiders to become top dogs in England.
But Klopp has reinvigorated Liverpool and this has not gone unnoticed by Fergie, who said: “It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.
“You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year.
“You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline, I’m convinced his work in training is similar."
While the name Alex Ferguson is enough to send shivers down the spine of the Liverpool support, Klopp admits he is a big fan.
"Is it allowed for me to say I like Alex Ferguson? I met him before I was Liverpool manager," said Klopp.
"Nice for him to say something positive. I knew him before and he did what he had to do at Manchester, which automatically isn’t good for Liverpool. But it’s better he says something positive than negative about Liverpool.
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"I’m sure he didn’t go out of his house and think ‘I’ll say some things about Liverpool’, he was asked a question!"
Klopp also revealed how the special atmosphere at Anfield is playing its role in the performances of his high-flying team.
"One reason for football is we can win together, we can lose sometimes together, but you can always have an optimistic view," continued Klopp.
"Maybe we had to change the minds of fans about the past, but while I don’t know too much about enthusiasm I feel there is a positive atmosphere in and around Melwood at moment.
"That’s good. It’s not cool when you always think about football that you’re 20% more upset, you should be feeling better. That’s our job to do. Until now it’s worked somehow. It’s really, really intense even when football isn’t the most important thing."