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Alex Ferguson expects Klopp to shine at Liverpool

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Klopp gets backing from Fergie
Klopp gets backing from Fergie

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Jurgen Klopp will be a big success in his new role as Liverpool manager.

Liverpool's move to replace Brendan Rodgers with Klopp has sparked a wave of optimism among Liverpool fans and it seems that their rivals up the road at Old Trafford are also a little concerned by the developments.

Ferguson appears to have huge respect for Klopp and is backing the 48-year-old German to succeed in his role at Anfield.

"Well it's a good appointment. I admire him," Ferguson told ESPN. "I know Jurgen pretty well through our meetings at [UEFA] coaches' classes in Geneva.

"Strong personality, very strong, very stubborn, determined and his performances, and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top and I think he'll do very well.

"I don't like saying that, being Liverpool, because I'm worried about it but, no, he'll do well."

Ferguson also questioned the merits of Liverpool's much-maligned transfer committee, as he suggested the manager needs to have full control over transfer policy.

"If you don't trust your manager, why have him there? You've got to trust your coach," stated Ferguson.

"Here's the man that should be deciding which kind of player he wants, the type of player, position he wants, his character he wants. It's the manager who knows more than anyone about what he needs as a coach.

"There's a lot of this happening in the game now, these 'Moneyball' ideas about looking at statistics of players and bypassing the manager's thoughts, and I think it's wrong."

Klopp's agent has also spoken out after claims that he was in discussions with Liverpool for the last few weeks over a possible move for his client to move to Anfield.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers," Marc Kosicke told Bild. 

“Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few enquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Meanwhile, Klopp has been getting used to the bars of Liverpool, after radio station 107.6 Juice FM posting this picture of him enjoying a glass of beer on Friday night.