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Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘outstanding’ gesture towards Jurgen Klopp as rivalry with Liverpool is put aside | Manchester Evening News

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Liverpool but never let that get in the way of a warm relationship with Jurgen Klopp.

Ferguson, who led United to 13 Premier League titles, has seen the club struggle to replicate that success since his departure, with local rivals Manchester City and Liverpool dominating the division in recent years. But his admiration for Klopp has been clear.




When Klopp bid farewell to Anfield after almost nine years in charge last weekend, his departure was marked by fitting tributes. Managers, fans and players alike shared emotional moments during the German’s farewell.

Amid numerous goodbyes, a meeting with Ferguson was on Klopp’s agenda during his final week on Merseyside. During a question and answer session with Liverpool staff, the 56-year-old revealed that he would not be able to stay for a drink because he had a date with the Scot.

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Klopp described their dinner together as an “exceptional” evening, which marked the culmination of years of mutual respect between the two, the Mirror reports. In 2020, following Liverpool’s title win, Ferguson expressed his admiration for Klopp, stating: “The team’s level of performance was exceptional. I’ll forgive you for waking me up at three-thirty in the morning to tell me you’d won.” the league.”

Presenting the LMA Manager of the Year award for 2022, Ferguson joked about wishing he hadn’t given Klopp such useful advice, stating: “This is agony, absolute agony!” He went on to jokingly express his regret at helping him choose a club with history, saying: “I should have told him to go to Scunthorpe United.”

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