Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he admires the work-ethic of Manchester United’s new signing Paul Pogba. He also compared the Frenchman to Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
Paul Pogba completed an £89.2 million switch from Juventus to Manchester United this summer, breaking the world record. After leaving United in 2012 for a meagre £800,000, the club had the break the bank to sign him four years later.
Earlier, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took a swipe at the club for paying such an outrageous fee for a single player. He was of the opinion that a severe injury to the player can result in all the money going down the drain.
However, in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Klopp has heaped praise on the world’s most expensive player. He spoke about his willingness to play the entire course of the game without completing the requisite training regimes.
“We all saw Paul Pogba. He was here, he was there, selfie, selfie, 9,000 of them, all summer. And then he comes to Manchester United has, what, two training sessions, and plays 90 minutes against Southampton. You think, how?,” said the Liverpool manager.
Klopp then spoke about the similarities between Argentina legend Diego Maradona and Pogba’s style of play. He stated that both of them did not require to train too much, but still managed to put breathless performances day-in-day-out.
“They’re different. Diego Maradona was different. He never really trained. He would warm up with his shoes undone. I saw him playing in Stuttgart with Napoli when I was 21. Watching him warm up, I could not close my mouth. It was so low intensity. He was walking. And then he went and outplayed the whole stadium. Unbelievable,” stated the German.
Paul Pogba has also got off to an impressive beginning to his second spell at Manchester United. Despite not finding the back of the net in both the games he’s featured in, Pogba looks like he has been a part of United’s midfield for years.
He has been seamless with his passes, flashy with his dribbles and an impressive reader of the game. He seems to have developed a camaraderie with new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the two have already become freakishly popular among the Old Trafford faithful.