Alex Ferguson’s reason for being worried about Jurgen Klopp makes perfect sense

Sir Alex Ferguson has a knack for predicting things correctly in the world of football.

The legendary Manchester United boss knew to take a punt on Cristiano Roanldo – a man who would become arguably the greatest player in the world.

And knew what his squad needed, as he moved through the years and football changed and developed, to ensure Manchester United kept winning silverware.

In 2017, around four years after Ferguson hung up his boots and stepped away from the game, the Scot spoke out about the state of play since his retirement.

Jurgen Klopp had been at Liverpool for two seasons, and while the Reds weren't exactly knocking on the door of the Premier League's top spot, they were improving.

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Ferguson was acutely aware of this, and in his own words explained why the German – who he admires greatly – had him worried.

"He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool's enthusiasm," Ferguson told German magazine Kicker. "It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity."

"You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year. You can see Klopp's dedication on the sideline, I'm convinced his work in training is similar. He's a strong personality. That's absolutely vital at a big club.

"I'm worried about him because the one thing United don't want is Liverpool to get above us."

Klopp won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 before finally lifting the trophy the fans had been waiting 30 years for in 2020; the Premier League title.

Last season many tipped this Liverpool team to dominate the Premier League for the next few years and win titles on the bounce.

And while Klopp's Liverpool are still favourites to finish top this season, they haven't been their usual ruthless selves so far this campaign.

On Monday night the Reds had the opportunity to pull clear of Manchester United at the top of the table, but were beaten by Southampton.

Despite the obvious issues at Anfield, with the Reds now failing to score in 258 league minutes, Ferguson would still consider Klopp to be a danger to United.

And while the German's still in charge of Liverpool, it's going to be a tough job for Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to knock the Reds off their perch.

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