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Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has received a message of congratulations from Alex Ferguson for his impressive start as manager of Liverpool and has called the Scot a “role model”.
The German has impressed since taking charge at Anfield in October masterminding big eye-catching wins away to Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton as Liverpool surge back into Champions League contention while also reaching the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss received the performance of the week award on a couple of occasions for his side’s results and Ferguson, who is on the judging panel, was full of praise for Klopp.
“He said congratulations and the rest is private,” Klopp said. “But I’ve had the huge honour of meeting him a few times and of course he is a role model for every manager in football. It was a big pleasure because he’s a funny person and something like a book of history in football so it was good to spend some time with him.”
Klopp then strangely compared Ferguson to former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who is currently training with the club in the MLS off-season.
“He has the same thing as Alex, only a younger version,” he said. “It’s good to have him here.
“It’s very important to us because we can show that if you behave like Steven Gerrard in the years he was here and work like he did, then the door has to be open always and that’s what we’re doing now.
“Everybody knows him better than myself so it’s good to have him around because he’s a nice person and all the players love him.