Sir Alex Ferguson admits Jurgen Klopp’s impact at Liverpool could culminate in his worst nightmare becoming a reality.
Liverpool are currently locked in a three-way tie at the head of the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester City, just 12 months after Klopp inherited a club in a state of flux following the sudden sacking of Brendan Rodgers.
Ferguson, who famously claimed it was his priority to knock Liverpool off their perch when he took over at Old Trafford, concedes he has nothing but admiration for the way Klopp has conducted his Anfield revolution, even if he fears the German could be about to mastermind Liverpool’s first title success in 26 years.
Asked if Klopp has confirmed he can succeed in the Premier League, Ferguson told Kicker: ‘Absolutely. He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm.
‘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.’