Sir Alex Ferguson spent most of his reign at Manchester United trying to overhaul the 18 league titles Liverpool had won.
The legendary Scottish manager did just that, winning 13 Premier League crowns during his 26 seasons to put United on a grand total of 20.
But, now that he’s retired, it seems as though Ferguson’s hatred for their arch-rivals has lessened considerably.
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That’s because, not for the first time, he has been quoted singing the praises of Liverpool’s current boss Jurgen Klopp.
After naming the Reds as one of the contenders for the Premier League title this season, Ferguson praised the German’s management before highlighting one ‘class’ act he performed last season.
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“He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm,” said Ferguson.
“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.
“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’s Liverpool have certainly made an impressive start to this Premier League campaign, sitting level at the top of the table with Manchester City and Arsenal after nine matches.
Despite Klopp’s talents, he wasn’t able to find a way past Ferguson’s former side earlier this month when Liverpool were held to a stalemate by United at Anfield. But that clearly hasn’t stopped Ferguson from praising the German and backing his side to challenge for the title.
He will certainly change his opinion of him if Klopp's goes and does the unthinkable by winning three Premier League titles for Liverpool and overtaking United's tally.
Klopp has a lot of work to do before he can achieve that, though.
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