Alex Ferguson “the John Lennon’ of football” – Klopp

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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp showers praise on former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, saying he was arguably the greatest manager in history as Liverpool prepare to host bitter rivals United on Sunday with only three points separating the two.

Alex Ferguson “the John Lennon’ of football” – Klopp

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 15, 2016) (ITN – SEE ABOVE FOR RESTRICTIONS)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING:

“Yeah, first of all, I had a few really good moments with Sir Alex, and for me as a — ok in comparison to him — a young manager, it’s a big honour to talk to Sir Alex, for a football manager it’s nearly the best thing you can do is sit there and listen, but to be honest all I needed was 10 minutes to understand it all but then it wasn’t in (my) language. Maybe he is the greatest ever, the John Lennon of football or something like this.”

STORY: Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp described former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as the “John Lennon of football” ahead of Sunday’s (January 17) Premier League meeting between the arch-rivals.

Klopp’s comments on the man who retired having fulfilled his long-standing ambition of knocking Liverpool “off their perch” will raise eyebrows on Merseyside, especially after he compared the Scotsman to the city’s most famous son.

“Yeah, first of all, I had a few really good moments with Sir Alex, and for me as a — ok in comparison to him — a young manager, it’s a big honour to talk to Sir Alex, for a football manager it’s nearly the best thing you can do is sit there and listen, but to be honest all I needed was 10 minutes to understand it all but then it wasn’t in (my) language. Maybe he is the greatest ever, the John Lennon of football or something like this,” he said.

Ferguson led United to a record 20th top flight title before calling time on his career, eclipsing the 18 won by Liverpool, a club with whom the United manager always had a stormy relationship.

Ferguson, a master at playing mind games with rival managers, has gone on record to express his admiration for the German

Defender Mamadou Sakho, captain Jordan Henderson and winger Jordon Ibe came through Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday unscathed after recent injuries and are available to face United.

Liverpool lie ninth in the table, three places and three points behind United.

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