Sir Alex agrees Klopp is sharp

Leg­end now in­cludes Liver­pool in ti­tle race

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY LUKE AU­GUS­TUS AND WILL GRIFFEE/

Leg­endary Manch­ester United boss Sir Alex Fer­gu­son has hailed their bit­ter ri­vals Liver­pool’s trans­for­ma­tion un­der Jur­gen Klopp - dub­bing them as se­ri­ous ti­tle con­tenders this sea­son.

Liver­pool have made an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son and sit level on points at the top of the Pre­mier League with Manch­ester City and Arse­nal. They have also reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the EFL Cup where they will face Leeds United at home next month.

Klopp was ap­pointed in the Reds hot­seat last Oc­to­ber and his ‘gegen­press­ing’ phi­los­o­phy has been won­der­fully im­ple­mented by his play­ers - much to the ex­cite­ment of the An­field faith­ful.

And Fer­gu­son, who won 13 league ti­tles with United, be­lieves that Klopp’s ‘re­ally good job’ there has brought a new found wave of op­ti­mism on Mersey­side as they seek their first cham­pi­onship since 1990.

“He has done a re­ally good job and re­vived Liver­pool’s en­thu­si­asm,’ he told Kicker.

“It can hap­pen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liver­pool changed man­agers with­out build­ing their own iden­tity.

“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.”

Klopp will be hop­ing to main­tain Liver­pool’s ti­tle bid on Satur­day evening when they travel to Sel­hurst Park to face Crys­tal Palace.

“You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year. He’s a strong per­son­al­ity. That’s ab­so­lutely vi­tal at a big club.’ -SIR ALEX FER­GU­SON

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Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp ap­plauds Danny Ings and Rag­nar Kla­van af­ter the game

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