Jurgen Klopp’s popularity amongst the Liverpool supporters has not wavered an inch since he arrived at Anfield in October, despite the mixed results.
But that could change - ever so slightly, at least - after the German coach compared Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson to one of Liverpool’s favourite sons.
"It’s a big moment to talk to Sir Alex,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Independent’s Ian Herbert on Friday morning. “Maybe he is the greatest, the John Lennon of football."
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This was never going to go down well with the Liverpool supporters.
Lennon, the Beatles legend, is a Liverpool icon. Ferguson, on the other hand, is the man who said - per the Guardian - his greatest challenge was “knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch”.
Klopp and Ferguson have great mutual respect for one another, but perhaps the former Borussia Dortmund head coach should have kept quiet about his admiration for the legendary Scottish manager just two days before Liverpool take on the Red Devils at Anfield.
Liverpool fans react on Twitter
Here’s how Liverpool fans have reacted to Klopp’s comparison on Twitter...
Victory over United would be huge for Klopp
Victory for Klopp’s side over their fierce rivals this weekend would be huge.
It would put them level on points with Manchester United, who currently occupy sixth place in the Premier League table, and seriously enhance their chances of securing a top-four finish this season.
Liverpool fans: was Jurgen Klopp a bit silly to compare Sir Alex Ferguson to John Lennon? Let us know by leaving a comment below.