Paul Scholes named one key characteristic of Jurgen Klopp’s that he has only ever seen before with his old Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Taking on a Liverpool side down in 10th-place in October 2015 and converting the fallen empire into champions again was no laughing matter for Jurgen Klopp.
The German, who dubbed himself as ‘the Normal One’ during his introductory press conference, knew what awaited. Fast forward to today, however, he has achieved more than any Reds supporter could’ve imagined.
In some ways his path to success, popularity, and the way he goes about running Liverpool is like how Ferguson once was at Manchester United himself.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 17, 2014
Many have already forgotten, for instance, that it took Ferguson just under four years to win his first trophy in the 1990 FA Cup final before he enjoyed long-lasting success at Old Trafford.
Now Scholes, who played under the great Scot throughout his entire playing career, has weighed in on the Klopp-Fergie comparisons.
The former midfielder was speaking alongside his old United teammate Owen Hargreaves for BT Sport and disclosed that the Liverpool squad’s willingness to do anything asked by Klopp reminded him of Ferguson.
“I think it comes from the manager,” said Scholes, as quoted on Liverpool Echo.
“The character of Klopp, you’d just love to play for him. You can see that in his players.
“We had the best manager there was in Sir Alex – everyone was just desperate to play for him.
“You’d break a leg for him, do anything you could for him. It’s a talent to get that out of you, and that’s why they’re the best managers in the world.”
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