Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has congratulated Jurgen Klopp for reaching 1,000 games in management.
The Liverpool boss reached the landmark with the draw against Chelsea today. And in quotes via Goal, Ferguson praised the coach of his old rivals.
“I’m delighted to welcome Jurgen Klopp to the LMA 1000 club,” he began. “Jurgen is undoubtedly one of the most gifted managers in world football and the dedication and passion which Jurgen brings to the role is inspiring to anyone aspiring to a career in football management.
“The many trophies he has already won in his career, including in recent seasons the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool, confirm his status amongst football’s elite.”
Klopp gets Ferguson praise
Ferguson and Klopp never came up against each other as managers. Perhaps that explains why the old United boss is so fond of the German.
Klopp never had the chance to build up a rivalry with him in the sense that, say, Arsene Wenger did. Had he done so, maybe Ferguson wouldn’t be quite so effusive in his praise.
Still, coaching is a small circle. With the unique demands of the job, it has the potential to bring those in it together.
And as one of the best manager’s of all time, Ferguson simply has to admire the job that Klopp has done at Liverpool. Rivals or not.
In some ways, Jurgen’s Liverpool career has echoes of Ferguson’s early years at United.
When the Scottish manager rolled up at Old Trafford in 1986, it had been fully 20 years since the club had won the league. As Klopp was unveiled at Anfield in 2015, it had been 25 years for Liverpool.
It would be seven years before Ferguson was able to change that. Klopp managed it in less than five.
Obviously, the United manager went on to break all sorts of records, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League. Jurgen hasn’t had quite the same level of success in the years since, but make no doubt about it, these two belong in the same class.