Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has had his say on the appointment of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Klopp agreed terms at the Merseyside club this week in one of the biggest managerial appointments in the Premier League this decade.
The German has earned a reputation for his exciting football while coaching at Borussia Dortmund, and despite calling himself ‘The Normal One’ during a press conference this week, he is well known for his touchline emotions.
Speaking to espnfc.us, Ferguson said that he admired Klopp while also touching on the 48-year-old’s personality.
“Well it’s a good appointment. I admire him, I know Jurgen pretty well through our meetings at [FIFA] coaches’ classes in Geneva.
“Strong personality, very strong, very stubborn, determined and his performances, and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top and I think he’ll do very well.”
With Liverpool being one of Ferguson’s former club’s biggest rivals, he says he is ‘worried’ about his old adversaries doing too well under Klopp.
“I don’t like saying that, being Liverpool, because I’m worried about it but, no, he’ll do well.”
The two-time Champions League-winning manager also went on to have his say on the transfer committee at Liverpool.
“If you don’t trust your manager, why have him there? You’ve got to trust your coach,” Ferguson told espnfc.us.
“Here’s the man that should be deciding which kind of player he wants, the type of player, position he wants, his character he wants. It’s the manager who knows more than anyone about what he needs as a coach.
“And I think that there’s a lot of this happening in the game now, these ‘Moneyball’ ideas about looking at statistics of players and bypassing the manager’s thoughts, and I think it’s wrong.”
Klopp has joined Liverpool on a three-year contract after a poor opening to the season left the Liverpool hierarchy with a decision to make on former boss Brendan Rodgers.
There’s a sense of a new era beginning at the Merseyside club now, and there is little praise higher than Ferguson being worried at the prospect of Klopp doing well with one of his old adversaries.
The former Mainz player’s first duty will be to lead his new side away to Tottenham next weekend followed by a quick turnaround as the Reds face Rubin Kazan at Anfield in the Europa League.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena