Jurgen Klopp has revealed he received a call from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who wished to congratulate him on his fine start to life as Liverpool manager.
The German manager has made a huge impression since taking charge at Anfield in early October, replacing Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool have lost just once under his stewardship and have picked up several impressive results in the process, including a 4-1 against Manchester City and a 6-1 win against Southampton.
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Those results have seen Klopp win the LG Performance of the Week award in the last two weeks. The winner is decided by a League Managers Association panel, which Ferguson is part of.
And it seems Ferguson has been the one to hand Klopp the award on at least one of those occasions, with the Liverpool boss saying he recently received some kind words from the legendary manager.
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Klopp told the Mirror: “He said congratulations and the rest is private. But I've had the huge honour of meeting him a few times and of course he is a role model for every manager in football.
“It was a big pleasure because he's a funny person and something like a book of history in football so it was good to spend some time with him.”
He reciprocated the compliment, saying Ferguson was "a role model for every manager".
Another role model
Klopp also had some praise for another Premier League legend, Steven Gerrard. The LA Galaxy star is currently enjoying the MLS off-season but has used his spare time to get some extra training with his old team-mates.
“He has the same thing as Alex, only a younger version,” said Klopp. “It's good to have him here.
“It's very important to us because we can show that if you behave like Steven Gerrard in the years he was here and work like he did, then the door has to be open always and that's what we're doing now.
“Everybody knows him better than myself so it's good to have him around because he's a nice person and all the players love him.”
Liverpool have an excellent chance to continue their fine form when they take on Newcastle United at St James' Park later this afternoon. Steve McClaren's Magpies are in free fall at the moment and should be easy pickings for Klopp's men, who have already won at Stamford Bridge and the Etihad this season.