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Scholes identifies Klopp trait which he witnessed under Sir Alex Ferguson

Paul Scholes knows how Jurgen Klopp inspired his Liverpool side to the Premier League title – and it's a trait he recognises from his old mentor Sir Alex Ferguson.

Liverpool's side ended a 30-year wait for the title in style this season, with Klopp's side amassing an awe-inspiring 99 points as they dominated England's top flight.

It was a 19th championship crown for the Reds – taking them within one of the all-time leading 20 titles won by Manchester United.

Red Devils legend Scholes helped win 11 of those United crowns having spent his entire playing career with the club, while his boss Ferguson guided his charges to a staggering 13 during his 27 years in the Old Trafford hotseat.

And, in discussing Liverpool's title triumph with his ex-United team-mate Owen Hargreaves, the two former midfielders agreed that Klopp's squad shares a striking similarity to the teams they played in.

That is, that the players would run through brick walls for their gaffer.

"I think it comes from the manager," Scholes said on BT Sport. "The character of Klopp, you'd just love to play for him. You can see that in his players.

"We had the best manager there was in Sir Alex – everyone was just desperate to play for him.

"You'd break a leg for him, do anything you could for him. It's a talent to get that out of you, and that's why they're the best managers in the world."

Hargreaves had remarked on the team spirit of Klopp's Liverpool, with the Reds appearing to have one of the closest-knit groups of players in the Premier League.

The 39-year-old, who played for United from 2007 to 2011, said the bond he felt during his title-winning debut season at Old Trafford was not replicated in other teams he played with, or indeed in the England squad.

"It's quite difficult at times, you don't always get that," said Hargreaves. "We struggled with England – you get big teams with big personalities."

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Hargreaves said Klopp's Liverpool remind him of the closeness of that United team, saying: "You can see that on the pitch."

There is one other Premier League side who Hargreaves feels have that togetherness – Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves, who will be playing United in the semi-finals of the Europa League if they beat Sevilla on Tuesday.

" Wolves are like a mini version," said Hargreaves.

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