Liverpool manager has compared ex-Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson with John Lennon, one of the founders of legendary band, The Beatles.
Charismatic German is preparing for his first duel with Britain’s most awarded club, as ‘Red Devils’ will play at Anfield.
“It is probable the best ever – he’s John Lennon of soccer. There is a huge amount of respect I have for him, for what he has achieved in life as a manager. That could not be done by everyone,” said Klopp. “It is a great honor to speak with him. For a manager, I do not think there is a better thing than that – to just sit and listen. It took me ten minutes to figure out what he wanted to say, but then everything was okay.”
The famous Scot initially was worried before the arrival of former coach of Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, as it was doubted about whether Klopp can revive ‘the Reds’ after the departure of Brendan Rodgers.
“What did he say about me? I do not know. I think it was something positive, because we had a good time while we were together. It was a good thing that he is concerned, now it is up to me to reassure him so that I can prove it. I need a bit more time. We can make a big step, ” said Klopp,”The following match against Manchester United will be a special match for me, for the players and the club. I enjoyed the atmosphere against Arsenal (3:3) but I know we can do better. I wish everyone who has a ticket to be with us on Anfield.”
Klopp said that Liverpool – Manchester United derby resembles the derby of Ruhr between Dortmund and Schalke. Former Mainz player says that it is the manager’s task to provide entertainment to the fans.
“I’m a huge football fan, so when I watch a match I want it to be fun and interesting. As I said after Arsenal, I’m not pleased with the result (3:3), but when it was over everyone was satisfied. There were a lot of chances, actions, goals – which is the essence of soccer. It would not be right if the fans would come to the stadium thinking only about tactics, in terms of – this player should be moved a few meters to the left, or few meters to the right … Football is not the most complex sport in the world, and that is a good thing,” concluded Klopp.
Liverpool currently occupies ninth place in the standings with 31 points from 21 matches, while the United is sixth with 34 points.