Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Liverpool must now be considered real title contenders – thanks to Jurgen Klopp
The German took over at Liverpool only last year, and has already had a big impact on both their playing style and the players’ attitudes.Liverpool are currently 3rd in the table, although they are tied on points with both Manchester City and Arsenal who are above them only on goal difference.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Sir Alex Ferguson has now backed the Liverpool manager, saying the reason they are in that position is down solely to Klopp :
“He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm. You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year.”
“You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline – I’m convinced his work in training is similar. He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club.”
For Sir Alex to back Liverpool like this must mean that he truly believes it, considering his disdain for Liverpool is well documented.
Klopp is already a huge fan favourite at Anfield, with his passion on the touchline and his brash nature when facing the media both adored by the Liverpool fans.
Klopp is never afraid to say what he thinks in public, and clearly Ferguson feels this is the exact way he is behind the scenes as well.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund manager has completely changed how Liverpool play, utilising the same famous tactic he did at Dortmund – the gegenpress.
Having taken over from Rodgers in October last year, Klopp had to settle for the squad that Rodgers left behind and mould them in his own image.
He took last season to induct them into his style of football, and the dividends are clearly paying off with Liverpool playing some of the most exciting football in the Premier League.
It remains to be seen if they can keep up with Klopp’s demands, however, and there are a few injury prone players in their side. But there is no doubt that if all their players play the way they are currently, Liverpool can certainly challenge for the title this season.