Jurgen Klopp has risked the fury of Liverpool fans, by heaping praises on former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool have been in great form lately, and following an eight-game unbeaten run, the Reds currently level on points with leaders Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.
Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed that he considers Liverpool genuine title contenders this season, thanks to the improvements made by Jurgen Klopp since his arrival in Merseyside.
“He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm,” Sir Alex was quoted as saying. “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. He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club.”
And now, the German has replied to Sir Alex’s warm comments, and his statements could actually end up infuriating the Liverpool fans, given their history with Ferguson’s Manchester United, and how the Scot successfully knocked the Anfield giants off their perch.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, Klopp stated: “Is it allowed for me to say I like Alex Ferguson? I met him before I was Liverpool manager. It’s nice for him to say something positive.”
The 49-year-old further went on to talk about the changing mindsets and atmosphere at the club.
“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.”