"He's the John Lennon of football" - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praises legendary Manchester United manager

Fergie Lennon

Is Fergie more John or Paul? We can't decide.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson as the 'John Lennon of football' ahead of the clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

Klopp and Ferguson appear to have some mutual respect for each other, with the latter claiming back in October that he was worried about Liverpool appointing such a talented manager and the impact it will have on the league.

And it looks like the German is ready to give back some praise to the Man United icon by comparing him to a much beloved Beatles member.

In his pre-match press conference, Klopp told the Mirror: “I had a few really good moments with him It’s a big honour to talk to Sir Alex, for a manager it’s the best you can do to listen, although I needed ten minutes to understand.

“Maybe he is the greatest ever – the John Lennon of football. It was really impressive to talk to him.”

With Klopp being such a massive fan of the Fab Four, we reckon he holds Fergie is some pretty high esteem! Though he heaped praise on Ferguson, he was a little less hyperbolic about his current United counterpart, Louis van Gaal.

"Louis Van Gaal and myself are different. That’s normal. I think I’m different to everyone in the room,” said Klopp, adding: “We’ve met a few times and had a few intensive games. We both need to be successful. It’s a different idea of football, but we’re not saying we have a better idea. It is always about possession but we have different characters. Maybe I’m more lively on the sidelines. We will see."

We think he might be understating his liveliness or Van Gaal's lack of it on the sideline and if we're honest, his side's liveliness on the pitch. In recent months, Van Gaal has come under fire for playing some pretty negative and dull football, and Klopp agrees that that style isn't suited to him:

“First of all I am a football fan,” he said. “If I watch I want to be entertained. It is one of the most important things in football. It is why you interested in it. It is a perfect game.

"A lot of people like games like this, with action and goals. That is what football should be. It would not be the same game if people only go the game and only think about tactics. I like football because of the moments you can enjoy. Not just a perfect goal but a perfect challenge – the atmosphere and everything.”

With the two sides set to do battle on Sunday, we're looking forward to seeing if Fergie dons a pair of John Lennon-esque glasses or if Van Gaal matches Klopp's intensity on the sidelines.

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