Jermaine Jenas likens Jurgen Klopp to Alex Ferguson and Mourinho

The former midfielder says the German's mentality is helping Liverpool's stars to flourish, as evidenced in their win over Manchester City.

Writing for Yahoo Sports, Jermaine Jenas has likened Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

The German tactician replaced Brendan Rodgers earlier in the season after the Reds had suffered a poor start to their 2015/16 campaign.

He has enjoyed opening to his reign, with the 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday the Reds' most impressive performance to date.

His system has been very much focused on team ethic rather than individual stars, and Jenas says that reminds him of how Ferguson operated at Old Trafford.

“Jurgen Klopp doesn't seem to rely on anyone, as if it's not part of his plan to have a superstar in his team,” he told Yahoo Sports.

“He doesn't rely on players because he knows he has the ability to transform a player within his system. I haven't seen a manager with that level of confidence since Sir Alex Ferguson.”

The former midfielder also says that Klopp’s mentality is helping Liverpool’s previously struggling players to thrive.

The likes of Adam Lallana and Lucas Leiva have found a new lease of life since Rodgers was ushered towards the exits, with both starring again in the win over City at the weekend.

That has largely been down to them buying into Klopp's ethos, with Lallana in particular having received plenty of praise for his hard work in games so far.

And Jenas says the only other manager in the league who has that effect is Jose Mourinho, or further back, Sir Alex Ferguson.

“Players like Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Lucas and Emre Can are thriving,” he added.

“It's partly down to Klopp's style, but it's also his mentality and the belief he is instilling in his team. There aren't too many managers who have that effect, Jose Mourinho is probably the only other one, or going back further, Ferguson.”

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