Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann claims every top player in the game would favour a move to Anfield over Manchester United.
A stellar 12 months has seen Liverpool follow up their Champions League success with a first English league title since 1990. Read and watch how an emotional Klopp failed to hold back the tears.
And former Kop favourite Hamann now reckons Jurgen Klopp’s men have officially knocked United off their perch.
Speaking to the Mirror, Hamann could not resist the urge to celebrate Liverpool’s win by poking fun at United.
Hamann said: “When I was a player, the club everyone wanted to join was Manchester United. You knew that signing for United guaranteed you winners’ medals.
“They were the biggest club, the club that everyone inside and outside England spoke about.”
United still have a 20 to 19 edge over Liverpool when it comes to domestic titles. But the Merseysiders boast six European Cup wins to United’s three.
“Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United have suffered on the pitch,” he added. “And with perfect timing Jurgen Klopp has come in and made Liverpool the club everyone wants to join.
“In that respect, he has knocked United off their perch.
“I am not sure Liverpool will dominate the Premier League like United did – because Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will have something to say about that.
“But Liverpool are five years ahead of United – and London’s big clubs are even further behind.
“Klopp has four years left on his contract – and by the time that is up he will want to get past United’s 20 titles and also win the Champions League again.”
Werner reveals text to Michael Edwards
A huge part of Liverpool’s success since Klopp’s appointment has been the role sporting director Michael Edwards has played.
“I know Jurgen gets much of the focus of journalists. But we wouldn’t be at this point without the valuable contributions of Michael,” he added.
“He works under the radar but he’s been pivotal to the consistency of the achievements we have seen.
“If you look at the ins and out and the players he identified, not all we paid £100m for.
“He has just worked tirelessly to create this incredible environment. I text him, even before Jurgen to tell him how grateful all of us are to his contributions.”
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has made a classy pledge to Liverpool ahead of Thursday’s clash. Read more here.