Jurgen Klopp: Sir Alex Ferguson was the ‘John Lennon of football’

by Ben Topliss

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as the “John Lennon of football”.

Klopp’s Liverpool side face Man United at Anfield on Sunday and the German was keen to praise Ferguson despite the rivalry between the two sides.

The pair met recently and Klopp admitted Ferguson’s achievements in football may never be replicated.

“It’s a big moment to talk to Sir Alex,” Klopp said.

“It’s the best thing you can do. Maybe he is the greatest ever the John Lennon of football. Really impressive to talk to. What he did in his life as manager it is not too easy to do it again.”

Ferguson was a one-off and United have found it difficult to stabilise themselves following his departure. Louis van Gaal is currently under pressure at Old Trafford as his side have put in a number of turgid performances.

Liverpool will be missing several players such as Daniel Sturridge due to injury but Klopp seems to have galvanised them and it will be a tough game at Anfield. A loss may be the final nail in the coffin for van Gaal in terms of his tenure at United, although he did survive a recent eight game winless streak in all competitions.

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