Jari Litmanen won the Champions League with the now Manchester United manager while with Ajax in 1995 and has been singing his praises.
In news that is sure to irk Liverpool fans ahead of a Premier League meeting with Manchester United, former Reds forward Jari Litmanen has heaped praise on Louis van Gaal during an interview with Italehti.
The Finland international won five Eredivisie titles and a Champions League crown under Van Gaal at Ajax, and even followed the Dutchman on to Barcelona.
It was from there, in January 2001, that Litmanen moved on to Liverpool, signing with the Merseysiders on a free transfer.
Though he only managed nine goals in 43 outings for the Anfield club, he is still fondly remember by the fans.
All of which will make his latest comments on the current Manchester United manager all the more galling.
Speaking in an interview with Italehti, Litmanen spoke in positively gushing terms about his former boss.
"Pep Guardiola is good and so is Jose Mourinho, but Van Gaal is the best coach in the world," he told the publication.
Though the 44-year-old admitted that LVG is not always the easiest to get on with, and often challenged players, he was “pretty much always right” and will be remembered as one of the greats of the game who strived for “perfection.”
"Van Gaal was the best coach I ever worked with. He was demanding and honest. He saw everything,” he added.
Litmanen certainly enjoyed his best years under Van Gaal in Holland, scoring 136 goals in 257 games for Ajax.
Though his comments are likely to attract some criticism from fans of both Guardiola and Mourinho, Van Gaal’s record of success at both club and international level certainly backs up the Finn’s claims.