Jurgen Klopp has revitalised Liverpool and Sir Alex Ferguson has picked up on this and is among a growing number of people who believe that the Reds can be title contenders this season.
While there may be a huge difference between being a title contender and actually winning the league, as Liverpool and Tottenham have proven in recent years, Jurgen Klopp has radically changed the way the Reds play and part of this has been restoring the belief that his players and fans belong to a club which requires its team to perform and believe that they are capable of great things.
As a Liverpool fan, it’s often difficult not to ignore anything that Alex Ferguson says but despite spewing some absolute rubbish over the years, the Scotsman often says things which are very astute and on the money.
Speaking to German publication Kicker, via The Liverpool Echo, Ferguson said, “He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm.
“It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.”
You could argue that same thing is happening at Man Utd. Since the moment Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager, there has been a distinct lack of identity about his former team’s style of play and the way operations have been conducted around the club. SAF’s influence on United has been revealed, not by the number of trophies he won in his time with the club, but by the disastrous work afterwards by David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho.
“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.”
Ferguson always had an eye for talent and this is no different. Although, he didn’t have to point out that Klopp is fantastic as the work he is doing speaks for itself. A year on from when the German took over from Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool is joint top of the league and has been to two cup finals.
When Liverpool travels to London to face Crystal Palace at the weekend the Reds will be looking to ensure they stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games. As This is Anfield points out, the bookies have Liverpool as second favourites to win the league, and while it might be early doors, it’s refreshing not to be looking up the league table.
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