Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is “worried” that Jurgen Klopp could take Liverpool above his former club Manchester United.
Klopp has impressed during his short time at Liverpool, suffering only the second loss of his 12-game tenure at the weekend against Newcastle.
Ferguson, who led United to a remarkable 38 trophies as manager from 1986 to 2013, admits that he is “worried” the German could take Liverpool back above his beloved Red Devils.
Asked about Klopp at the TechCrunch event in London, Ferguson said: “I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us.
“He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing. Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him. That’s class, that. And the work he did at Dortmund.
“I know him quite well from the coaching seminars. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge. Things are looking up there.”
Klopp has impressed not only on the pitch but also in the front of the media, which Ferguson claims is half the battle as a football manager.
“You have to win twice on a Saturday,” said Ferguson. “You have to win the game and you have to win the press conference. Some managers fail, simply because they lack experience or they’re emotional.
“You have to gather yourself. I used to wash my face before a press conference. Sometimes you’re forced to go to the press conference immediately and you have to be thinking quickly about how you deal with it. It’s an important part.
“You have to give a message to your fans because they’re watching. They want to see their manager come out with a positive attitude and not a beaten man.
“Time and again you see coaches come out a beaten man after a few difficult questions about how the team played and why they lost.
“I tended to waffle a bit when there was a difficult question to make sure my thinking was right. You’ve got to handle the press. It’s a very difficult part of it.”